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The World According to Facebook Relationships

Initially launched as a social networking site for American university students, Facebook now has 500 million users worldwide. People are using the site to meet new people, keep in touch with friends and family, spy on people who don't know how to make use of the privacy settings, play games and much more.

If you've ever wondered what a map made up of Facebook users would look like, then you'll enjoy the graphic below. It shows our Facebook-connected world and the relationships among different Facebook members in different countries. Created by engineering intern Paul Butler, the social map incorporates the (anonymous) data of 10 million pairs of friends on Facebook.

Butler posted how he created the map to the Facebook Engineering page:

"I combined that data with each user's current city and summed the number of friends between each pair of cities. Then I merged the data with the longitude and latitude of each city.

Of course, though this is a very nice picture, there are some noticeable inaccuracies. Looking at this map, for example, one would think Russia didn't exist at all.

Check out the image below (click to enlarge) or click through to Paul's post for the unabridged version of how he created the picture and a high-res version of image.