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“Facebook: mapping how viral photos spread”

The award for “the next most obvious thing” goes to Stamen Design for a post on their site created October 11, 2012.

According to the site, “Following up on last month’s map of the world’s friendships on Facebook, we’ve released another visualization of relationships across social networks today. Called “Photo-sharing Explosions,” these visualizations look at the different ways that photos shared on George Takei’s Facebook page go viral once he’s posted them.

Each visualization is made up of a series of branches, starting from George. As each branch grows, re-shares split off onto their own arcs. Sometimes, these re-shares spawn a new generation of re-shares, and sometimes they explode in short-lived bursts of activity. The two different colors show gender, and each successive generation becomes lighter as time goes by. And the curves are just for snazz.

The visualizations are live at facebookstories.com.”

This text comes from the original site: http://content.stamen.com/facebook_mapping_how_viral_photos_spread

These graphics have unbelievable implications for aging. We are in a hyper-connected world of information-sharing, help-seeking, memory-downloading, and sensory-overloading. Though The Greatest Generation may not be social media hounds like Generation Y and beyond, social networks have been, and will continue to be, the arteries of change around the world. As humans continue to wrap ourselves around the legs of emerging technologies and burgeoning social networking platforms, we need to think long and hard about a dirty ten-letter word, particularly in context of Vibrant Aging: networking.

Networking is valuable to more than just 20-somethings looking for the first job out of college. Networking means connections, and connections mean post-retirement part-time jobs, long-lost friends, local events, health, caregivers, grandchildren, and more. As we age, our personal network sizes generally decline, and coincidentally (or not) so does our health, happiness, mobility, economic security, and more. What will the future of aging look like when there are more dandelions to be scattered to the the wind of the world wide interwebs?

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