The world, as seen by Facebook

Published:  December 15, 2010
The world, as seen by Facebook

We all know that Facebook has more than 500 million active users. This is larger than the population of most countries in the world — in fact, 50% of those users are logging in on any given day. But did you ever wonder what a world map would look like if it was just made up of Facebook users?

Well Facebook intern Paul Butler did and he went all the way in designing a stunning world view of the population of Facebook, as well as the networking taking place between countries via distinct lines. It was a hefty task most people wouldn’t undertake but Butler’s curiosity got the better of him.  “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 represents a friendship made while traveling, a family member abroad, or an old college friend pulled away by the various forces of life” he said.

What’s just as interesting about the inclusions in the map are what’s not included. Mainly that there are some parts of the world that don’t seem to exist in the Facebook realm at all: China, Russia, Central Africa and Antarctica are no where to be seen. With half a billion (and counting) users however, we doubt the folks at Facebook are disappointed in themselves.

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