'Get Friend Map' Facebook App Visualizes Where In The World Your Friends Are
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Take a look at how far your social circle spreads across the globe with Get Friend Map, a Facebook app that will build a customized map displaying your friendships across the globe.
The Facebook app isn't new -- according to its Facebook page it dates at least as far back as August -- but judging from the way it has taken over our Facebook news feeds, it's new to many and quickly gaining traction with users eager to map out their friend connections.
To try the app for yourself, go to the Get Friend Map page, click "Go to App," then approve the app, which asks to access your profile information photos, and your friends' location, among other details. The app appears to be legit -- even Facebook's own Vadim Lavrusik gave it a whirl -- but users should always be on guard for spammy or malicious apps that might misuse their personal information.
Below, check out an example of what the Get Friend Map friendship map looks like once it's been created.
The app is one of several attempts to visualize the online friendships on Facebook. Mashable wrote about another app, "Where My Friends Be?", that now appears to be defunct but which would plot Facebook friends' locations on Google Maps. Last year, Facebook created its own map showing how its millions of users' friendships spanned the globe.
"I was interested in seeing how geography and political borders affected where people lived relative to their friends," wrote Paul Butler, then an intern working with Facebook's data infrastructure engineering team, in his blog post about the map. "I wanted a visualization that would show which cities had a lot of friendships between them."