Facebook Connections Map the World

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Facebook intern Paul Butler has been poring through some of the data held by the social networking firm on its 500m members.

The map above is the result of his attempts to visualise where people live relative to their Facebook friends. Each line connects cities with pairs of friends. The brighter the line, the more friends between those cities.

After tweaking the graphic and data set it produced a "surprisingly detailed map of the world," he said in a blog post.

"Not only were continents visible, certain international borders were apparent as well," he wrote.

"What really struck me, though, was knowing that the lines didn't represent coasts or rivers or political borders, but real human relationships."

However, large chunks of the world are missing, such as China and central Africa, where Facebook has little presence.


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  • SuDoku
  • December 14, 2010, 10:37 am
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    Nobody likes Russia apparently.
    forever alone

    lol had to be done

    beat me to it
    - 720Z February 21, 2011, 10:14 am
    Canada is Also Alone

    - PwnzElite May 2, 2011, 3:09 pm
  • 3

    i can see my house from here

  • 1

    That's awesome! :D

    • Goober
    • February 20, 2011, 7:56 pm
  • 1

    that's so cool, I just saw myself on the "facebook social plugin"

    What the thing on the right? Yeah, I see you on there a lot, as well as a couple of others. :)

    In fact, I see you now!
    - SuDoku February 21, 2011, 7:52 am
    haha I see you a lot there too. I see darius the most though.
    - thekitkatkid February 22, 2011, 2:17 pm
    I never see me! Haha and I see you and Paul the most. Strange lol
    - SuDoku February 22, 2011, 2:24 pm
    haha facebook loves me <3
    - thekitkatkid February 22, 2011, 2:28 pm
    You're just Facebook's bitch really aren't you ;)
    - SuDoku February 22, 2011, 2:33 pm
    haha I'm not anyone's bitch.
    - thekitkatkid February 22, 2011, 2:37 pm
    Lies :P
    - SuDoku February 22, 2011, 2:45 pm
    haha aww you got me XD
    - thekitkatkid February 22, 2011, 2:50 pm
    Can't hide the truth from me, boy! ;)
    - SuDoku February 22, 2011, 2:56 pm
    I keep seeing my cousin and DennisDee on there
    - MalverdeAl100 February 28, 2011, 11:36 am
    We are all sharenators bitch,

    i remember it went down like 3 weeks ago and i kept getting bored so i would type in sharenator.com
    and "oh yeah its off" that happened every 5 minutes XD
    - PwnzElite May 2, 2011, 3:13 pm
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    "real human relationships"? Let's not go nuts, Paul.

    • TexBex
    • February 21, 2011, 7:43 am
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    he forgot Iceland... WHO COULD DO SUCH A THING D:

    I can see Iceland!
    - Math February 21, 2011, 10:49 am
    - Icelandgirly February 21, 2011, 10:54 am
    - Math February 21, 2011, 11:02 am
    the guy who made this map is 50% retarded according to the stretchiness of Greenland and Iceland, also the distances there make no sense :/
    - Icelandgirly February 21, 2011, 11:07 am
    You've got to think it's a computer aided graphic of only populated areas of facebook users!
    - Math February 21, 2011, 11:11 am
    if it's made by computer, then why can't the friggin computer get a regular map instead of a stretchy, fucked up map from a troll page on the internet?!?
    - Icelandgirly February 21, 2011, 11:17 am
    the map is created by facebook connections, everywhere a facebook account is active there is a white dot so it creates a map of the world but doesn't show countries that have access to facebook such as China or central Africa.
    - jakematsui February 28, 2011, 11:41 am
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    we seem to be missing a few places

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