Wheel of Friendship

As a passive latecomer to Facebook, my contact clustering reflects a network crawl of preferential attachment (ref. Linked).


The circular layout makes it easy to read the names, and to see some interesting groupings (see overlay notes), but bogs down with a scribble of supernodes on the bottom left.


An alternative depiction is the 2D splat map used by Lumeta for the Internet and Gustavo for flickr networks.


  • Todd Huffman 7y

    I like the circular map, the patterns from simple clustering based on node connectivity are easier to pick out that in a spat map. I do admit the circular maps don't scale well or deal well with supernodes.
  • Gisela Giardino 7y

    aliens somewhere there?
  • Alan L 7y

    this is quite interesting and a wondeful art piece

    I need to know more about how this is made..

    sadly of 'course I've never seen this before..
    never seen face book either... <,/:-0

    must learn more

    always learning..
  • Vasudev (Vas) Bhandarkar 7y

    How could I have missed you on facebook! :)
  • Alan L 7y

    newsflash Steve ..I am now in Facebook..

  • Gisela Giardino 7y

    vas, I missed him too... and wondered just the same...

    Now we also have dear eye to add to friends too. ;-)
  • Jay Dugger 7y

    More to the point, how did you make this graph?
  • Casey Helbling 7y

  • nels1 7y

    ahhh...the interconnectedness of social networks!

    i'm just about to start on "Link" which i had bought a month ago but my girlfriend promptly stole it off me before i had a chance to begin it:) apparently DFJ gets a mention in it?...

    what i find fascinating is both the interconnectedness on the micro scale as shown in this wheel, but also our connectedness on the global scale, and how we "rely on collections of wires (under the ocean) of less than 10cm diameter to link us all together".
  • Serena 7y

    Round, like a circle in a spiral
    Like a wheel within a wheel.
    Never ending or beginning,
    On an ever spinning wheel

  • Jaanus Silla 7y

    Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that gives value to survival. - C.S. Lewis

    Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. - Proverbs 27:6 (now after I have given up the faith, the bible may still have one thing right) Interesting how would you define a friend?
  • Alpha 7y

    got to be in it to talk about it :)
    It really does seem to be deja vu for people who've been on the internet in the 1990s. The exchange of small games, quizzes, jokes, etc were the norm, pretty much the same as what we have in facebook. The difference is the ease of finding and adding friends!
  • Sanford Dickert 7y

    Steve - what is this application that generated the map?
  • Steve Jurvetson 6y

    The Friend Wheel on Facebook

    P.S. All you yellow folk make me smile...

    Smile Clusters
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