Friendwheel

A social spiragraph from a random subset of 400 of my friends, and the colorful connections among them.

 

An earlier version of this was used to illustrate a Techcrunch research project on the most connected VCs, building off an academic study concluding that “better-networked VC firms experience significantly better fund performance.”

 

More importantly, the emergent eye could be a talisman to happiness, recalling this research conclusion:

“A person's happiness is related to the happiness of their friends, their friends' friends, and their friends' friends' friends—that is, to people well beyond their social horizon.

 

Each additional happy friend increases a person's probability of being happy by about 9%. Happiness, in short, is not merely a function of personal experience, but also is a property of groups. Emotions are a collective phenomenon.”

 

Keep on smiling.

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Uploaded on February 2, 2010