FaceBook.com has become the most-trafficked social network in the world–surpassing MySpace in unique users, competing with Google search for total page views, and recently surpassed 100,000,000 simultaneous users. Accordingly, we can consider FaceBook the core representation of the dynamic social web, and a significant arena for in-formulating (bringing “form” into) the collective body and mind. Here are a few interesting elements comprising this collective form:
Some crafty engineers over at FaceBook recently created the Palantir open-source computer application (named after one of the powerful “seeing stone” orbs in Lord of the Rings) that visualizes live activity on the FaceBook social network. See a video of the application here.
The FaceBook Lexicon is an application that presents key word usage on member’s post pages, with all types of options for comparative demographics. Below is a sample image from Lexicon that shows the number of keyword posts for “Obama” from June 6 – Nov 31, 2008. Accordingly, the “Obama” posts peak around election day. Although males show a slight majority of keyword “Obama” posts in this graph, I had also done a different comparative graph that shows females posting “Obama” nearly twice as much as males around election day.
Here is a report on FaceBook’s greatest energy source: people power. Literally speaking, the amount of energy people use burning calories while interacting with the social network (more than 2 billion minutes per day) exceeds the amount of electricity used to power the computer server network.
All together and more, these advents of information technology are literally beginning to bring increasing definition and expression to the multitudinous aspects involving the living, breathing, thinking, seeing body, mind, and spirit of the global collective.