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Social networks on the map

December 14th, 2010      

What does  the world look like on the Facebook social graph? Paul Butler, at intern at Facebook’s data infrastructure engineering team, created the map below based on a sample of about ten million pairs of friends, which he plotted on a blank map with arcs between them.

Paul says:

After a few minutes of rendering, the new plot appeared, and I was a bit taken aback by what I saw. The blob had turned into a surprisingly detailed map of the world. Not only were continents visible, certain international borders were apparent as well.

Also this past week, Vincenzo Cosenza updated  his map (see Google translation to English) of the most popular social network in various countries:

These are both amazing views of how the Internet connects us.

We want to see SpicyNodes used to visualize social networks on a personal level, so that you can see different clusters of your friends, and browse the social graph to see who else is connected.

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