Thursday, September 19, 2013

Map: International Friendships

Facebook Friendship Map - Mia Newman

You can actually learn a bit about international politics from Facebook. This cool map from Facebook's Stories site plots Facebook friendships that span international borders-- something that might tell us a bit about the relationships between those countries. Most of them are pretty straightforward, but there are a few bonds that might surprise you:

Who knew that Ukraine and Nigeria could be so closely linked?        (international students)
What about Indonesia and the Central African Republic?                   (hint: migrant labor)
The Philippines and Saudi Arabia?                                                      (also labor)    
Spain and Romania?                                                                            (you guessed it- labor again)
Somalia and Sweden?                                                                          (refugees)

Go play around a bit!

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