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Friends’ Friends

Friends' Friends

MIT Technology Review mentioned the Friendship Paradox, in which, due to outliers and “the topology of networks,” your friends on average have more friends than you do. The article goes on to suggest that your friends probably are more wealthy and happy, too.

I was curious to see how my Facebook friends’ friend counts measured up. My Facebook friends average 434 friends.1 Only 67% of my FB friends have less than that many friends, so the article could be false for 33% of my FB friends (including me).

This also explains my two previous posts.


  1. My data isn’t perfect, because 24 of my friends prevent me from seeing their entire friend list; I can only see mutual friends. Thus I have no idea how many Facebook friends those friends have. 

What is the Monkeysphere?. “What do monkeys have to do with war, oppression, crime, racism and even e-mail spam? You’ll see that all of the random ass-headed cruelty of the world will suddenly make perfect sense once we go Inside the Monkeysphere.” Warning: coarse language,1 plus the claim that you can’t have as many friends as your Facebook profile probably suggests.


  1. Derp. I included some in the quote… :-( 

Dunbar’s number. “A suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships.” In contrast to those who collect “friends” on Facebook like playing Cookie Clicker.

Tension

Wired

No, it’s not Haystack Rock, or trees, or a sunrise.

It’s a power pole.

And I like it.1


  1. As I was driving with Ashley, I looked through the sunroof and said I wanted to come back and take a picture of this pole, though I’d need to stand in the middle of the street to get the perspective I wanted. Ashley reached up and opened the sunroof. Ah! Problem solved. Grabbing my camera, I took a couple quick shots while we waited for a green light. 

Haystack Rock Sunrise

Haystack Rock Sunrise

As I sit in my cube for the first day after two weeks’ vacation, I have to post one more picture from the Oregon coast. Cannon Beach was beautiful this past weekend. :-)

A Beautiful Day at Cannon Beach

Our family has a tradition of visiting the Oregon Coast to start the new year. This year’s visit was a combination anniversary and birthday celebration with outstanding weather as part of the present.

The lot of us took a bunch of pictures.1 Not surprising, as photography is serious sport here.


  1. Yes, the picture of the chairs is a redo of last year’s picture. For that matter, the other pictures are redos as well, but no one seems to notice that as much.