Real-Time Data

I'm sure people smarter than me have commented on this already, but for all its flaws Facebook can give you an amazing insight into how knowledge transcends cultural and social boundaries.

For the last few weeks I've been watching the same story move across my Friends list, popping up in seemingly isolated groups of people only to be dispersed across their own networks, joining up with "in common" friends who remark "Hey, so and so just shared that the other day!"

It's a fascinating glimpse into how information and culture slowly permeate a social group, and to watch it unfold kind of awakened me to some "hidden" networks I wasn't aware of.

But seriously, enough with the fucking invisible bike helmet already.

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