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