Daily Archives: October 6, 2012

Facebook World Map Reveals Unexpected Trends Between Friends [VIDEO]

Facebook World Map Reveals Unexpected Trends Between Friends [VIDEO].

Social networks and mobile technology have transformed the way people communicate. This week, Facebook announced there are 1 billion active users, who have created 140.3 billion Facebook connections on the eight-year-old platform.


What do all those friendships look like on an interactive map? Watch the video above to see the interactive map shared by Facebook Stories — a site dedicated to telling “thought-provoking stories” about the community.


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The interactive map by Stamen Design shows each country’s closest friendships and possible reasons for the proximity. For example, Facebook users in Jordan have the most bonds with residents in the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.


The map focuses on the historical, economic, linguistic and cultural binds that tie two countries together. The map can also be sorted by common languages spoken around the world.


“Immigration is one of the strongest links that seems to bind these Facebook neighbors, as thousands of people pour over borders or overseas, seeking jobs or fleeing violence, and making new connections and maintaining old friendships along the way,” wrote Mia Newman, the author of the interactive map post.


What are the most surprising connections between countries that share strong Facebook connections? Tell us in the comments.


Facebook World Map

Source: Mashable.com


Google Fiber Gives High-Speed Boost to Midwest Startups [VIDEO]

Google Fiber Gives High-Speed Boost to Midwest Startups [VIDEO].

One year ago, Google ventured to the midwest with plans to put small startups and businesses on the map. Google enabled Kansas City, Mo. with their fiber-optic network and then waited — and it seems Google’s concept has paid off.

Midwest startups like RareWire, have thrived off the extra-high speed connection that Google Fiber has offered and in turn, opened up an entire new network for those startups.

“It’s made the city and entrepreneurs realize there’s a great opportunity in front of them,” RareWire’s cofounder and president Kirk Hasenzahl tells Forbes.

SEE ALSO: How Does Your Internet Service Stack up to Google Fiber?

RareWire, an apps platform that works across all iOS and Android equally, began with a profitable idea. But it was Google Fiber’s ability to bring broadband to an exponentially higher number of homes and businesses in the area that allowed RareWire to reinvest their funds into a second business — an App Creation Studio.

“With higher speeds comes the next wave of applications,” a Google spokesman tells Forbes.

Though startups might be benefiting from Google Fiber, other Internet service providers like AT&T and Time Warner seem concerned that the tech-giant isn’t maintaining a fair playing field, and their services are taking the hit.

Watch the video above to learn more about Google Fiber.

Would you want Google fiber to set up connections in your town? Tell us why or why not in the comments below.

Source: Mashable.com