The Economist recently ran this article featuring a map that shows the volume of friendships between particular parts of the world. It was developed by a Facebook intern by the name of Paul Butler.
It’s an interesting project, and a cool view of the world. I, of course, zoomed in directly on Dakar. You see it? It’s the glowing dot on the tip of West Africa.
I came across this map via Cyrus Farivar, a technology journalist I met in Lyon a few years back who had also lived in Senegal. His book, The Internet of Elsewhere — about the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world, including Senegal, Iran, Estonia and South Korea — is due out from Rutgers University Press on May 8, 2011. (You can pre-order it from Amazon.com now.)
It’s very high on my to-read list. Hopefully along with its high Internet and Facebook activity, Dakar also has a good postal service for receiving books shipped by Amazon.com!