GraphLink: Facebook+NFL

NFL Facebook Fans by County

This winner of this month’s award for “Unexpected Achievement in the World of Graphs” is Sean Taylor of the Facebook Data Science Team. Rather than describe what has been done, I’ll just leave a link here and say it’s Super Bowl related. It’s better explained by Sean anyway.

NFL Facebook Fans by County
My, that's a lot of data.

We here at GraphGraph appreciate a good graph, but what is getting our spreadsheets all in a pivot right now is dreaming of the amount of data that the good folks* at Facebook have at their disposal.

I have one problem with their presentation, and that would be the use of grey as a color. I understand that with 32 teams, there are only so many color options, and I can’t at this moment say how I would have done it differently. Nevertheless, to my eye, grey always looks like it represents “neutral” or “no data available,” not “Patriots or Colts or maybe even Cowboys.” Oh well.

make a gif image

There is a series of maps that shows the support for each remaining team as this year’s postseason progressed. I immediately wished there was an animated version, so I created a gif for your internetting consumption. Enjoy.


I’d like to see this map redone with the map weighted by population, like they do around election time. I also wouldn’t mind seeing this for other sports, like baseball and basketball and curling. Finally, I would be remiss not to mention two things:

1) Sean, Corey, and I all share the same alma mater.
2) Go Ravens.

*I sincerely hope that they are good, given all of the embarrassing pictures they have of young graph enthusiasts. Month In Review – 2011-11

Every month we’re going to attempt to do a meta-review of the site, using graphs of course.


We had a “soft launch” towards the end of October with a few hits, but we really took off in November, starting with a post about my Halloween Candy experiences this year, which was shared out by Geekadelphia.

Red bars represent days with new posts, and Blue bars are days without new posts.

We thought an interesting stat to look at would be the number of pageviews per visitor.  On days where the diamond is above 1, it represents where on average people clicked on something else within the site beyond just their initial entry page.  The highest day for that was 11/10/2011, when Drew had his post on Scrabble.

All in all, we’re very happy that in our first month we had 737 visits and 1,049 pageviews.  Thank you!

Visits by Post


(266) – my halloween candy in graphs
(222) – site index
(161) – most valuable cities in ticket to ride
(85) – what word should i play
(62) – top 10 most popular cities in north america
(50) – most populous city by state
(33) – better than watching the detroit lions
(23) – geotagging visualization of philadelphia
(18) – twitter on 11-11-11
(12) – graphs we love: espn’s stats info twitter
(9) – graphlink: invisible bread
(4) – nfl championships per year
(1) – stanley cup 2011 sparklines
(1) – welcome to graphgraph
(102) – category, tag, & author pages (we kept this separate to keep the focus on individual posts or the site index)

Twitter, Facebook & Google Reader

Right now that chart is pretty barren.  However in future months we’ll see a line chart (with hopefully a lot of growth).

Facebook – 5 Likes -> Click here to like us
Twitter – 6 Followers > Click here to follow us
Google Reader – 7 Subscribers -> Click here to access the RSS feed and add us to your favorite reader

Thanks again to everyone for making this first month a success!

Four Degrees of Separation on Facebook

Facebook has a great post up from their Data team about relationships between people, and more specifically concluding that the majority of Facebook users are only four degrees of separation away from anyone else on the social networking site.

From the article:

We found that six degrees actually overstates the number of links between typical pairs of users: While 99.6% of all pairs of users are connected by paths with 5 degrees (6 hops), 92% are connected by only four degrees (5 hops). And as Facebook has grown over the years, representing an ever larger fraction of the global population, it has become steadily more connected. The average distance in 2008 was 5.28 hops, while now it is 4.74.

Very fascinating findings!  Read the full article for more information and some additional charts that tie everything together.  And while you’re there, how about you go ahead and “Like” us on Facebook?  Awesome!  Thanks.