June 14, 2016

He currently has 530,000 Twitter followers, many of whom can’t start the day without one of his “Good Morning” tweets… His fans have come to know him as someone who is very generous with his social media time. Twitter data reveals that about 2/3 (65%) of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tweets are some kind of fan response or fan engagement (i.e. a RT, a reply, or an RT-with-comment.). Stats also show that there have been 2.3M mentions of “@Lin_Manuel” or “Lin-Manuel Miranda” so far in 2015 and 2016 combined.

When is the best time to catch a Lin-Manuel Miranda tweet when it’s nice and fresh? Twitter’s graphic below reveals his most active hours.


Did you know? Africa is much bigger than you think.

Most maps you see are based on the “Mercator projection,” so named for Gerardus Mercator, who came up with it in 1559. The Mercator projection is excellent for sailing, as it shows constant bearing as a straight line. But it’s terrible for estimating the size of large masses of land — particularly when they’re close to poles. Under the Mercator projection, for instance, Africa looks to be about the same size as Greenland; it’s actually 14 times larger. TheEconomist — building on work by Kai Krause — made this graphic showing Africa’s true size: bigger than not just Greenland but China, the United States, India, and Western Europe put together.

For 21 other surprising charts and maps, click here.

Map courtesy of: The Economist