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Where does Big Data come from?

Searching for all green technical images, I found this one.

Where does big data come from?
How are they getting all this data?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the many sources for online data collection going on every second, 24/7, every day:

  1. Surfed several websites gathering info for a presentation – My connectivity provider (Sprint) and Google added more info about me inside their already significant repositories
  2. Paid a few bills online – Credit card companies not only have my original transactions and buying habits but now they know my payment tendencies as well
  3. Downloaded a movie from iTunes for my trip – Apple adds this to the profile I have been populating for almost a decade
  4. Called my wife from my mobile phone to her car phone – Sprint and OnStar just got some more info about usage time and calling locations
  5. Printed boarding passes for a flight – Southwest knows where I have been, where I’m going and my general flight patterns.
  6. Drove to the airport – Sprint knows roughly the path I took from Home to the airport via my mobile phone switching between cell towers.
  7. Browsed email and some apps on my iPad – Apple and who knows what app developers just gathered access and some location data
  8. Landed in Los Angeles, El Paso & Dallas – Phone turned on at every stop and has tracked some level of information on my location and calls.
  9. Got into rented car and drove to meeting site – Hertz captures the location, type of car, duration etc. Plus Sprint knows roughly where I’m at too.
  10. Checked into room and had dinner – The hotel and credit card companies have that covered and logged.
  11. Browsed a few websites, email and writing an article – The hotel network and connectivity provider logged everyone of them, I promise.Read more herehttp://www.tjcrawford.com/2012/02/17/big-data-is-everyday-data/