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World friendships according to Facebook

Understanding the historical and political reasons behind the digital relations

September 11, 2012

Just a week after Wolfram Alpha released their new Facebook Analytics tool, another visualization around the top social networking site has landed – and this time, reported by Facebook itself, through the Facebook Stories website. The Mapping the World’s Friendships project was developed by Mia Newman and designed together with the folks at Stamen

As Amizades do Mundo mapeadas no Facebook
(image: Mia Newman and Stamen | Facebook Stories)

Mia, a Stanford graduate in International Relations, introduced the project:

Technology bridges distance and borders. Individuals today can keep in touch with their friends and family in completely new ways — regardless of where they live. We explored these international connections through Facebook and found some trends — some predictable, some wholly unexpected, and some still inexplicable.

When comparing countries, notes with explanations about the results appear, showing how immigration, economic relations and, obviously, the ties between nations and their former colonizers influence today’s connections on Facebook.

In case you don’t know it yet,  Facebook Stories is an innitiative intended to promote users and projects that make ‘extraordinary use of the platform’. Check it out.


Links: Facebook Stories – Interactive: Mapping the World’s Friendships

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.