World Map of Social Network Dominance

Posted to Maps  |  Nathan Yau

Vincenzo Cosenza maps social network dominance around the world according to traffic data from Alexa and Google Trends. We see Facebook has apparently overtaken MySpace in the US along with other countries; Orkut is a favorite in Brazil; the people love QQ in China; and then there are a few smaller networks that most of us have probably never heard of unless we live in the country of dominance.

It’s also worth noting that the map was done with IBM’s Many Eyes, so you can interact with the embedded map below. After data culling, the map was probably created in no time.

I personally don’t know anyone who uses anything other than Facebook or LinkedIn. Remember Friendster? People always laugh when I mention it. What do you use?

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