Facebook and Stamen Team to Map the World’s Friendships

As part of its Facebook Stories project, the company teamed with Stamen to get a global view of users worldwide relationships. The interactive map is interesting, but the questions raised and answers suggested are frankly educational.

But as we did a little research, some unusual connections become surprisingly clear. We learned that immigration between Japan and Brazil dates back to the 1970s, that Poles are the largest immigrant group in Iceland, and that more people commute across the border each day to work in Liechtenstein than Liechtensteiner locals going to work in their own country.

Clicking on a country displays the rank of its top five friended countries. A bar at the bottom of the map (no pop-ups here!) provides " a closer look" a factoid to help explain the relationships. I found this quite elegant and logical. And, it didn't get in the way of the map.

- The Verge via @MT_AppGeo

Published Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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