Every dot is the date since when an apartment is hosted (“host_since” column in the data), with the name of the owner. Dots are not removed. Location will be from 0-450 feet (150 metres) of the actual address (anonymized by Airbnb).
Sometimes the same name appears at different locations. However, there is nothing wrong with the animation or your computer.
“AirBed and Breakfast, an online portal […], has re-launched its website to AirBnB”
“[…]]their apartment for a ridiculous fee, I still wouldn’t write the site off completely.”
“I just ran across this site, AirBnB, on the net, and wondered if anyone had used it to find a place to stay”
“Is Airbnb growing too fast?”
“A Warning for Hosts of Airbnb Travelers (fines)” (NYT)
“Judge rules Airbnb illegal in New York City” (CNN)
“The Dumbest Person in Your Building Is Passing Out Keys to Your Front Door!” (NY Mag)
“Why is New York City cracking down on Airbnb?” (PBS)
“How Airbnb has lost its soul” (Financial Times)
“New York City's hotel industry links Airbnb to terror in harsh ad”
News Flash – Aug 10th, 2017 “Airbnb faces EU clampdown for not paying 'fair share' of tax” (The Guardian) ◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦ News Flash – August 9th, 2017: “Airbnb and New York hotels clash over 'fear-mongering' Youtube video” ◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦ Data taken from “Inside Airbnb – adding data to the debate. The data has been analyzed, cleansed and aggregated where appropriate [by Inside Airbnb] to faciliate public discussion.” ◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦◦ Every dot is the first time an appartment is rented out, with the name of the owner.