How people are connected on Facebook, by country

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

As part of the Stories initiative that Facebook launched yesterday, an interactive map by Stamen Design shows how people are connected on Facebook, which offers a view into how countries are linked by language and history.

Immigration is one of the strongest links that seems to bind these Facebook neighbors, as thousands of people pour over borders or over seas, seeking jobs or fleeing violence, and making new connections and maintaining old friendships along the way. Economic links, through trade or investment, also seem to be strong predictors of country connectedness. And finally, one of the most overwhelming trends we found as we explored this graphic is the strong tie that remains between nations and their former colonizers, whose continued linguistic, cultural, and economic ties still echo today.

Stamen also explained other interesting facets in the map.

When you click on a country, the map updates to show where friends of those in that country are from. The top five are labeled. So whereas previous Facebook maps showed all connections at once, which focused on how many people use the service, this one focuses on the actual connections and what they mean.

2 Comments

  • This post inspired me to post our site, HUGEcity, to Facebook Stories. HUGE city maps all of the Facebook events happening around you and which ones your friends are going to. We only show 100 events at a time so you have to zoom in to each city you want to see. Its just as global as Facebook is. Its surprising which global cities have so many events. My favorites are New York, Santiago, and Tel Aviv. Log in and try it out.

  • derek JAMES zary September 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Yes, and I wonder if facebook could make a one step app. to convert the language of ones international friends who do not write in the same language. And Also , why does facebook limit or even punish people for wanting to make friends, whether or not they know them. Other sites are allowing anyone to friend anyone, perhaps an up-date is in order, for all people are family and should have the option of seeking out new friends if they want to….

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