As the Global Popularity Engine, Likester provides you
access to a large amount of data, in a user friendly format. Our data is collected
from the Facebook “likes” of our users, with their permission. Any data that we
collect is further anonymized by removing any reference to the person who “liked”
the thing, and only storing the fact that the like occurred, and where the person
The data that we show you are skewed by
the people who have enrolled in our service. That is, when you search for what people
like in Seattle, Washington, USA, we’re only able to show you what people in Seattle
like, for people who live there, that we know.
As our service grows, the quality of all of our data should improve, but as of this
writing (4/5/2011), we are lacking data for many cities, and in many cities some
of the data may be sparse. However, we do have data on over 7,000 cities, and 172
countries around the world. To our knowledge, we already represent the most comprehensive
look at what people like, and from where, on the Internet. And we’re just getting
We use the term “Likesters” to mean people whose likes that we are able to see through
the Facebook API. Since we thought it might be helpful in some cases (and because
we love heat maps), we’ve provided a heat map that shows you where the Likesters live.
We think this is really neat. We’re pretty geeky like that. Notice how as you zoom
in and out on different areas, the heat blobs join and merge, becoming hotter when
you zoom out, and becoming more distinct, cool blobs as you zoom in. While most
of our item heat maps aren’t yet this cool, this demonstrates what we’d like to
produce for every item.
Please let us know what you think of our ideas, and what other types of features
you’d like to see us create. This small Seattle, Washington based team is trying
to do something big. We’re already tracking millions of likes, and we think we’ve
built a system that will scale to handle billions of likes.
Thanks for visiting,