What If the World Were Your n Facebook Friends?


Information that is spatially or temporarily detached from us is hard to relate to our own personal lives. In addition, we are confronted with more and more information, and we need tools to simplify and abstract this vast amount of data. Using Facebook as an example, we have created a tool for personalized data visualization. Your Facebook friends and acquaintances become stand-ins for the entire world population, and serve as a more easily comprehensible representation for this vast data set. It generates a sense of empathy and connection to what is usually a bodiless and abstract set of numbers. This project is part of the Face the Facts series, which experiments with different ways to make abstract statistical data more tangible using unusual, personalized data-visualization techniques.