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Facebook intern plots friendship relationships

Facebook Friendship Map

Facebook Friendship Map

Talk about overachieving. Paul Butler, a facebook intern took a sample of about ten million pairs of friends from Facebook's data warehouse and plotted out their geographical relationships. The result? An accurate map of the world.

Here is what Butler had to say:

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. What really struck me, though, was knowing that the lines didn't represent coasts or rivers or political borders, but real human relationships. Each line might represent a friendship made while travelling, a family member abroad, or an old college friend pulled away by the various forces of life.

CLICK HERE to see a larger version of the facebook map.

 

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