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I find myself curious to know how a random person on Facebook is connected to me. Let's call this random person 'Bob'. For example:
Bob -> Susan -> John -> Victor
...might be the shortest path from Bob to me through our connections. There might be more than one equivalent shortest path:
-> Susan -> Peter -> Victor
What about all the more complicated ways that Bob and I are connected? Surely if there is a four-person path, there is likely to be a five-person or ten-person path as well.
Bob -> Harold -> Nancy -> Megan -> Lucy -> etc -> etc -> Victor
I propose a mapping software that will generate a visual map of these not-so-close-friend connections, similar to the Opte project (see link). The more direct paths could be brighter in order to indicate their importance.
a visual representation of the Internet [victor, Apr 14 2010]
||You wouldn't have the rights to explore these links unless you were friends with everyone involved.
||@Aristotle - the vast majority of people on Facebook have their Friends list open to the world.
||Can application or game trawl these friends links on facebook without any additional permission? I suppose this could be done with an external server if Facebook decided to tolerate it.
||I love this kind of stuff (probably cos I like playing with Flash). There's no reason you couldn't build a facebook app that could map your own network in 2D, 3D, 4D, whatever. Great project.
||//The more direct paths could be brighter in order to indicate their importance.//
Just out of interest, why do you think that the direct path is more important than the indirect one?