Tag Archives: datavisualization

Facebook International Friendship Beauty


I just love this image created by Facebook Intern Paul Butler, to visualize the international connections of profiles in Facebook. It was created with a subset of only 10 million profiles. Amazing and beautiful.

The State of Facebook at 500 Million Members (Infographic)


Facebook has just reached the impressive 500 million users mark, something to celebrate, share and like. Among their different initiatives to promote this success and to gain even more users, I’ve found this graphic by Facebakers to be very interesting, giving us a snapshot of Facebook’s state.

The USA is clearly ahead of all other countries in number of users, with the UK coming in second place with a fifth of the users. Most of the users are over 24 years old and there’s a half and half gender split, with a missing 3% that I wonder if it is made of un-sexed angels.

As a Spaniard living in Belgium there’s two things that have surprised me on the anecdote side: Spain is the 10th country with more Facebook users and Belgium is the 7th oldest country in the social Network.

Interactive Spanish Media Map


ymedia has published an interactive map of the Spanish Media landscape?? which helps understand the links between companies and publications. You can search it for a company and limit the view by sector, but I think that the best is to leave all activetade to get the full picture.

Too bad we can not get a bigger view or print it.

World Domination by Facebook


Today we take Stanford, tomorrow the World! The phrase that never existed? Interesting map to add to the penetration of Facebook in Europe.

Play with the world map of social networks to get a more detailed view.

Internet Pornography Stats


In its efforts to explain all things Internet related and to bridge the digital divide, tonight’s Caf?? Numerique is dedicated to Internet porn: a controversial business that is usually refferred to as one of the main engines of innovation and development of the Internet itself. I’am curious to see what they will bring out in their presentation, beyond the discussion about copyright and P2P issues.

Thanks to Vincent Battaglia for sharing the link to this stats.

Video: The state of the Internet in numbers

I can not help it, I love meaningful data. And if the data is portrayed in a way that is easy to visualize I love it even more. This is a great video example of Internet data visualization. For all those preparing presentations (including myself) I’ve made a transcript of all the data, except for the years when the social networks where created, and added a couple more numbers extrapolated from the data in the video.

The numbers have been included with all their zeros (taking into account USA numbering) to make it easier to grasp the volumes we are talking about and to try to avoid some of the mistakes that are usually made when transferring billions and trillions from country to country. It will also be easier to do copy and pasting to a spreadsheet program (which sucks in transnational settings.) I have outlined a couple disparities in numbers, which are probably due to rounding and differences in the dates of samples. Everything that I’ve included is in italica.

Internet 2009 in numbers

  • 1730000000 Internet users worldwide (September 2009), of which:
    • 738257230 are in Asia,
    • 418029796 are in Europe,
    • 252908000 are in North America,
    • 179031479 are in Latin America and the Caribbean,
    • 67371700 are in Africa, and
    • 20970490 are in Oceania (Australia is part of it).
  • Adding all these values we get a total of 1676568695 Internet users worldwide, which means that 53431305 are missing from the first number in the video (they are probably in Atlantis).
  • Using only the numbers per location in the video, the distribution of Internet users in the world is:
    • ??44.03% of users in Asia,
    • 24.93% in Europe,
    • 15.08% in North America,
    • 10.68% in Latin America and the Caribbean,
    • 4.02% in Africa, and
    • 1.25% in Oceania.
  • 90000000000000 emails sent in 2009.
  • 247000000000 emails sent on average per day (which translates exactly to 90155000000000 in a year.)
  • 200000000000 spam emails sent on average per day, 81% of total.
  • 1400000000 email users in the world. (using the per day data good emails represents 19% of all emails, for a total of 47000000000 emails a year, which would mean 12253.57 good emails per person every year, makes you wonder…)
  • 234000000 websites (as of December 2009.)
  • 126000000 blogs on the Internet (according to BlogPulse.) Which would mean that 53.84% of the Internet sites are blogs!
  • 84% of social network sites have more women than men.
  • 27300000 Tweets per day (November 2009.)
  • 4250000 people following @aplusk (already 4600332 when I wrote this post.)
  • 260000000000 page views served by Facebook per month. Which is more than 6000000 page views per minute or 37400000000000 in a year.
  • 24000000000 page views per month served by MySpace.
  • 4400000000 page views per month served by Twitter.
  • 1900000000 page views per month served by LinkedIn.
  • 30000 servers used by Facebook.
  • 350000000 people on Facebook. (Which means that members view 742.86 Facebook pages per month.)
  • 2500000000 photos uploaded each month to Facebook. At this rate it will reach 30000000000 uploads per year.
  • 4000000000 pictures hosted by Flickr (October 2009.)
  • 1000000000 videos served by YouTube per day.
  • 1220000000 videos viewed per month on YouTube in the US.
  • 924000000 videos viewed per month on Hulu in the US (November 2009.)
  • 182 videos watched a month by the average USA citizen.
  • 82% of the USA population watch videos online.
  • 148000 new zombie computers every day (these are the ones sending out billions of spam emails.)
  • 2600000 malicious code threats (viruses, trojans, etc.) at the start of 2009.
  • There are a hell of a lot of zeros in this post.

I’m sure somebody with good spreadsheet and statistical skills can make a great working table out of this. Please let me know if you see any mistakes so that I can correct them.