Facebook recently released their intern Paul Butler’s work – “Facebook Connection Map”. It’s an interesting way of looking at how people are connected on Facebook. I took a closer look at how these connections are for India on Facebook and found some interesting things to point out.
India – Pakistan
Offline animosity of India and Pakistan continues over Facebook also. There aren’t many connections between two countries. However it’s noticeable that strongest linkages between two countries are of:
- Karachi – Mumbai
- Karachi – Delhi
- Srinagar – Islamabad/Rawalpindi
- Lahore – Indian Punjab
No surprises here, eh? Certainly not for the Karachi Connections
South vs North India
South India is much better connected than North. Besides Delhi, Lucknow – Kanpur and Jaipur, North does not have much to speak. Whereas the triangle of Bangalore – Chennai – Hyderabad is super connected with each other. Also whole of coastal Kerala is quite connected, among itself and also to Gulf. Again, no surprises, eh?
Chennai – Truly South India
Delhi is well connected with Hyderabad and Bangalore, but not with Chennai. Talks a lot about why Chennai specifically represents the South India than the other two cities – distinctly different and still very regional to become a cosmo city like Bangalore or Mumbai.
Cities Hunt in Pairs
Bangalore – Mysore, Mumbai – Pune, Ahmedabad – Surat – Baroda, Lucknow – Kanpur, Indore – Bhopal, Nagpur – Raipur, Hyderabad – Vizag connection is very evident. Just like pace bowlers in cricket, cities also grow in pairs.
Facebook is still blue, no red on it… yet!
And yes, thankfully naxals are not on Facebook. Big hole in Dandkaranya and interiors of Bihar – UP makes Facebook a safe place to be
For reference, here’s the complete world map:
What’s your take?
[Guest article by Vibhushan Waghmare. Reproduced from his blog].