As you may know by now, Inspired Magazine is a sucker for data visualization. That’s why we invited Tony Shin – a social media ninja and creative design samurai – to curate the weekly dose of infographics. If you like them as much as we do check out some of the older editions and follow Tony on Twitter and Facebook as well!

1. Schools That Rule The Web

Students, parents and professionals — young and old — are all using some form of a social network. As universities recruit students, how do they reach them? There’s an old saying, “If you can’t beat’em, join’em.” Bestedsites.com has compiled comprehensive data on some of the best education sites that utilize social media. You can even explore universities more in-depth, even see what kind of colors and fonts some of the major universities utilizing social media, are using. This is quite the piece.

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2. Job Screening With Social Networks

As much as universities and everyone else are utilizing social networks, so are recruiters. Reppler has broken down the processes in which recruiters will use social networks like Facebook and Twitter to determine whether or not an applicant passes through. Though very interesting, it doesn’t surprise me. They’ve compiled data from a collaborative study with Lab42 to find out why someone was hired or rejected and if their decisions have ever been based off a profile of someone’s site. So if you’re looking for a job, I’d highly recommend you taking a look at your profiles to see if it’s best representing who you are and what you can bring to the table.

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3. The Science of Sharing

Whether you’re a student, parent, business professional, or social media geek (I fall in this category), social sharing has become the gateway to products. Whatever it is you’re looking for, someone has written a review on it or has shared it. I found this on Mashable, designed by by M Booth and Beyond that provides some key information when you’re trying to create an online presence for your business. One interesting fact: 20% of social consumers use Facebook to research products at least once a week. I never knew you could do that on Facebook. Wow.

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4. Prison vs. Princeton

This was a timely infographic I just had to share. Public Administration has put together a hard hitting infographic that highlights the amount we spend on prison and comparing it to a student’s tuition at Princeton. Guess what? We spend more on prison inmates. That is absolutely insane. Obama talked about student loans this week in a national speech he gave. As great as it is for students to be able to utilize those features, it seems it’s only getting them into debt less faster. A stat on this graphic that really makes you wonder: “The population of students to prisons roughly 8:1.” Wait, so why has the more clear solution of creating a brighter future and economy for the U.S., the least of the two areas the government seems to invest in?

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