Recent research has indicated that Facebook is one of the top applications used by internet consumers in many African countries, being reported variously as #1 in Africa, #1 in Ghana and #2 in S. Africa amongst others.
Given this, I personally found the attached article particularly interesting. The image accompanying the article is a visualization, based on Facebook friend and location data, that shows which cities have a lot of friendships between them – each line representing a real human relationship.
It’s fascinating to see how well places such as Khartoum, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Harare and Antananarivo are highlighted, indicating just how deeply into Africa Facebook is having an impact.
A high-res image accompanies the original article.
Mike Last, WIOCC.