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Legion. An amalgamated journal.

Ratios

Facebook recently introduced a count immediately below the profile picture showing the total number of friends in all networks that a user has. This has the interesting inadvertent effect of allowing a calculation of how “college-centric” someone is by dividing their total friends at their school by their gross total. For example, my friend horizon is 71% from Harvard; Mel’s is 60%. My intuition says this proportion would be higher at insulated Harvard than elsewhere, and a few non-scientific samplings back this up: a random click through four friends at UNH, Keene, Plymouth, and UMass bring back ‘college-centric’ ratios of 25%, 32%, 47%, and 52%, respectively.

Garrett Dash Nelson

March 18th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

But perhaps you disagree

2 responses so far

  • [ # ] mrs. cMar 18, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    42%… does this make me a populist?

  • [ # ] Maryellen McGowanMar 18, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Also potentially important to point out is that generations of Facebook users younger than the Dash and I (that’s you, Mrs. C) might have had Facebook in high school, or might now have more friends in high school networks than we do because in our early days of friend-ing mania, friend-ing high-schoolers (and like, people’s Moms) was not possible.