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The Connected States of American Project Visualizes US Based on Communication [Video]

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What would a United States map look like if it was drawn by social networks instead of state boundaries? A collaboration between ATT and MIT seeks to find out.

MIT Senseable City Lab, armed with anonymized mobile phone call and SMS data from ATT, has set out to chart what the US looks like when you map out social communities instead of geographical communities. Watch the video above to see a nice visual teaser for the project and then hit up the link below to play around with interactive maps that can show you, among other things, which counties around the country the people in your home county spend the most time talking to. When we tested it we found that Detroiters spend a huge chunk of their time talking to people in Southern Florida and Southern California–snowbird friends and relatives perhaps?

Hit up the link to read more and take the interactive maps for a spin.

The Connected States of American [MIT via Y! Tech]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/8/11

Comments (2)

  1. James

    Even more interesting when you look at the large segments of the country apparently not connecting to other areas. Of course some are very low population density, but even their major cities don’t seem to be very connected beyond their physical borders.

  2. Brian

    Very interesting … I would like to see how it would relate to similar maps based on politics, religion, etc. I’d guess that how we connect online would be closely tied to our tastes, beliefs and values … or are the “large segments” only a reflection of the DESIRE, ABILITY and MEANS to construct those inter-connections? Its amazing data, but determining what it really means is tricky. I’d love to see more of this.

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