We all know that cats rule the Internet because ‘cat people’ tend to be introverted and don’t go outside as often. Instead they stay indoors and post pics of their cats to the Internet.
This is all fine and dandy, we’ve accepted cats ruling the Internet as the natural order of things for many moons now. However, a professor at my Alma Mater, FSU, has taken creepy cat loving to a level that’s no longer acceptable. By using open API’s of various photo sharing sites across the Internet (think Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc) he’s managed to put together a world map of where each cat actually lives.
To put this in layman’s terms: creepy cat people were no longer content just gawking at pictures of your cat, they now must do so and also know where you live.
If you’re so inclined to check out the site then you can do so by clicking HERE.
The creator of the site, Owen Mundy, explains it on his blog as:
“I Know Where Your Cat Lives” iknowwhereyourcatlives.com is a data experiment that visualizes a sample of 1 million public pics of cats on a world map, locating them by the latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in their metadata. The cats were accessed via publicly available APIs provided by popular photo sharing websites. The photos were then run through various clustering algorithms using a supercomputer at Florida State University in order to represent the enormity of the data source.
But all I’m reading/seeing is creepy cat people wanting to stalk even harder on the intertubes. Not cool guys, not cool at all. Stop being such creepers, go outside, and buy a dog.