Click on image for hi-res version. It's worth it..
This is a wonderful way to view the 500 million+ Facebook connections around the world. If you put aside for one moment the idea that the data visualized here are humans that companies can market to, and instead consider the opportunities of using this hyper-connected, global network for doing something positive, that could bring about great change in parts of the world, then you see nothing but an endless amount of possibilities. No wonder governments are afraid of Wikileaks..
This is the work of Paul Butler an intern on Facebook’s data infrastructure engineering team.
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.
When the data is the social graph of 500 million people, there are a lot of lenses through which you can view it. One that piqued my curiosity was the locality of friendship. I was interested in seeing how geography and political borders affected where people lived relative to their friends. I wanted a visualization that would show which cities had a lot of friendships between them.
Read Paul's post here.
Found on Iain Tait's Crackunit blog.