Visualizing Your Facebook Friends

December 14, 2010

3:57 pm

Facebook has over 500 million users and with it a dizzying array of friendship connections. Facebook engineer intern Paul Butler recently analyzed the data to create a visualization of these connections. In a recent Facebook blog post Paul explained:

“Visualizing data is like photography. Instead of starting with a blank canvas, you manipulate the lens used to present the data from a certain angle.”

The lines show Facebook accounts and their links to friends in other cities. It is interesting to see the massive amount of friend connections North America in contrast to Russia and Australia as an indicator of Facebook’s saturation in the various regions.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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