I, like many people it seems, have a love-hate relationship with The Facebook. I maintain my account for the ability to keep in touch, I hate the event “maybes,” but most importantly any trip down the rabbithole that is my Facebook feed is certain death to productivity. I avoid it.
Every once in a while, something comes along that makes me smile for having kept my account all these years; Natalia Rojas’ “The Faces of Facebook” project is just such a thing.
We’re softies for data visualization, and Rojas’ work pulls Facebook profile pictures and sorts them chronologically by the date of signup. No information is stored: just publicly available information, made colorful, assigned a number and sleekly organized.
You can browse the data, or log in with Facebook to find your friends and your own signup number. White squares indicate friends on the home page; when you’re zoomed in, they’re circled. If you, like me, have friends who joined around the same time as you, you may even be able to find your own square. (#300,995 represent!)
image credits: The Faces of Facebook