Tracking Facebook links to create a new map of the world

Some interns have too much time. One of them, on Facebook’s data infrastructure engineering team, used data collected from ten million pairs of Facebook friends to create this stunning new map of the world. As he noted: ‘After a few minutes of rendering, the new plot appeared, and I was a bit taken aback by what I saw. The blob had turned into a surprisingly detailed map of the world. Not only were continents visible, certain international borders were apparent as well’. Indeed.