Information graphics, or infographics, are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge. Infographics have become a powerful, revolutionary marketing tool—a single infographic has the potential to reach up to 15 million people. As opposed to traditional posts, infographic posts perform better on Twitter, Linkedin, and Stumbleupon (as measured by tweets, shares, and pageviews). Google ranks trends from 0-100 giving a number to a keyword based on how often it is searched compared to other keywords. Based on this measure, the top six countries in the world for the keyword “infographic” consist of the following: the Philippines (60), South Africa (56), New Zealand (50), Netherlands (41), India (38), and the U.S. (38). The top six cities include Singapore, Bangalore, San Francisco, Sydney, Chicago, and Melbourne.

Some popular infographics on the Internet today include “How Much Can You Trust a Bearded Man?” and “Should I Text Him?” If you’re into dating bearded men, these infographics just might appeal to you. If you want to learn about why startups fail, how you can better handle your headaches, and the evolution of the geek, there are some excellent infographics available. Among the most popular infographic themes include business, economy, health, social media, and technology. The first infographic was published in 1626, but they have really only become truly popular since 2009. The overall popularity of infographics has skyrocketed since 2009, 2012 was the most successful year for infographics thus far.

Do infographics capture your attention? What’s your favorite infographic of all time? Please discuss and check out the infographic below!

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