Some smart intern engineer at Facebook, Paul Butler, started playing around with members’ friendships and the overlapped it with their geolocation creating the image you see above. It is a wonderfully simply illustration of how far-reaching and prevalent the social networking site is and where its communities sit. It also shows where it is has not penetrated as much – Russia and China being the most glaring ‘omissions’ on the map.
Here is some excerpts from Paul’s blog about it:
To my relief, what I saw was roughly an outline of the world. Next I erased the dots and plotted lines between the points. After a few minutes of rendering, a big white blob appeared in the center of the map. Some of the outer edges of the blob vaguely resembled the continents.
Full a more spectacular high res version of the map, just click on the image above.