Paging Om Malik: Please, get a Tufte book

I was reading Om Malik’s blog GigaOm today, in particular his post titled "Why is Google Afraid of Facebook?"

About halfway through the post, up comes the worst infographic I’ve ever seen:

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Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not one to hate on Om.  His stuff is typically great (though, I will say, I’m not a big fan of GigaOM TV, but that’s because I just don’t like that format in general).  He’s always full of great insight and analysis.  But, seriously, that is one ugly and hard to read chart.  It looks as though someone ate a box of Crayons, vomited it, and turned it askew so you have no sense of orientation.  Full disclosure: the image may not have been created by him, but even if not, he used it on his own blog post.

Om, please, I’ve read Tufte’s books, and apparently you should as well!  I’ll be happy to USPS you my Tufte books as loaners (yeah, they’re spendy, and I’d want them back).