Maintained Relationships on Facebook

Facebook Research Scientist Cameron Marlow has some interesting thoughts about Maintained Relationships, people who often stalk each other’s feeds, but don’t necessarily talk that much:


In the diagram, the red line shows the number of reciprocal relationships, the green line shows the one-way relationships, and the blue line shows the passive relationships as a function of your network size. This graph shows the same data as the first graph, only combined for both genders. What it shows is that, as a function of the people a Facebook user actively communicate with, you are passively engaging with between 2 and 2.5 times more people in their network. I’m sure many people have had this feeling, but these data make this effect more transparent.

I’m really jealous of the Facebook Data Team. They get to play with all that data!

About the author:

Arnab Nandi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. You can read more about him here.

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