December 17, 2010

Planet Facebook

Whatever your views on Facebook [1], you can’t deny that from space, “Planet Facebook” looks rather intriguing. The wonderful diagram below of Facebook connections has been made by Paul Butler. Even miserable Facebook refuseniks (like me) can’t help but go “ooh that’s pretty” while marvelling at the masterful use of the R language to construct this beautiful map…

Planet Facebook / Planet Earth by Paul Butler


  1. John H. Tucker (2010). Status update: “I’m so glamorous”. A study of facebook users shows how narcissism and low self-esteem can be interrelated. Scientific American, 303 (5) PMID: 21033279, see also original research by Soraya Mehdizadeh at DOI:10.1089/cyber.2009.0257


  1. Paul,

    I’m working “Science on a Sphere” at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. We have your “Facebook Friendships” circa 2011 on the sphere and it’s a big hit with visitors. I’m wanting to do an animation of Facebook friendships over time on the sphere, if possible. Do you suppose this would be feasible? Would you give me your advice on how to proceed?

    Tom Kimball
    DMNS Space Odyssey Volunteer, Wed PM shift

    Comment by Tom Kimball — November 29, 2012 @ 12:51 am | Reply

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