freedimensional friend wheel

Why Facebook Is Awesome

Recently I’ve been using Facebook a lot more than usual, in order to:

  • Reconnect with old friends
  • Arrange ‘real world’ meetups
  • Plug gaps in my network that I should have filled ages ago
  • Build a page for Digital Cortex (right here!)
  • Organise my contacts into groups
  • Do a bit of peer-analysis (spying)
  • Try some FB apps and tools for work

Now that I’ve got all of my contacts sorted, I thought I’d try one of those friend wheels, just out of interest. I chose the one with most users, which is called Nexus, and I’ve gotta tell you – it is seriously good!

Nexus creates a interactive image of your friends’ interrelations, their shared interests, and their profile information. It is really powerful, takes about four minutes, and it’s results are guaranteed if not to please, then at least to look cool.

Here’s my Nexus analysis, with some text roughly labelling my groups:

freedimensional friend wheel

If, like me, you use Facebook as a life-management tool, you may find it interesting to see your whole network presented in this way.

I was surprised at how this complex display of some 460 connections made me really nostalgic (soppy, I know) and has driven me to reconnect with people I haven’t thought about in ages. Seeing everyone like this revealed that this is basically who I am: a series of connections. So you could say, this friend wheel has reaffirmed me as a human! Who thought Facebook could be so deep?!

Where do you fit in to the wheel? Let me know if you recognise yourself amongst the connections. I’d love to know!

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Tom Saunter

I like to think about the media, technology, pop-culture & the future. When not blogging, I tweet @freedimensional & work @MediaComUK. Feel free to visit my Personal Bio to learn more about me.

  • Very nice, and it seems we had the same idea because I wrote up a A Tribute to Facebook few months ago when I realized just how wonderful it can be, when you look past all the rubbish apps and the noise and really use it for connecting with friends and family. Oh and I love that green wheel, you are a good artist :)!

    • Thanks Farnoosh for your kind words.
      Your article is far more interesting than mine though!
      You can make your own wheel by using the Nexus app on Facebook, I just changed the colours a bit.

      All the best,
      Tom

  • Very nice, and it seems we had the same idea because I wrote up a A Tribute to Facebook few months ago when I realized just how wonderful it can be, when you look past all the rubbish apps and the noise and really use it for connecting with friends and family. Oh and I love that green wheel, you are a good artist :)!

    • Thanks Farnoosh for your kind words.
      Your article is far more interesting than mine though!
      You can make your own wheel by using the Nexus app on Facebook, I just changed the colours a bit.

      All the best,
      Tom