NFL fans by U.S. county, according to Facebook

On the surface Facebook is a social network, but those in the know recognize that it's actually one of the largest datasets of human trends, preferences and activity ever catalogued. One way to appreciate the vast potential of this dataset is to use the company's new Graph Search to find people who like "shitting… » 1/29/13 6:40am 1/29/13 6:40am

10 Greatest Unintentionally Hilarious Lines from Science Fiction and…

One of the great joys of watching science fiction and fantasy is to appreciate the unintentionally hilarious lines that come out of people's mouths sometimes. It's inevitable that when you're exploring mind-expanding premises and weird worlds, you're bound to run into some really insane conversations. » 8/03/12 10:43am 8/03/12 10:43am

New study shows that Facebook is not making us depressed after all

Earlier this year, a study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin suggested that Facebook was making its users sad. The authors of the paper, titled "Misery Has More Company Than People Think," claimed that the constant barrage of positive depictions were making people feel inadequate,… » 7/10/12 7:30am 7/10/12 7:30am

Tweets of the words "beer" and "church" by U.S. county

It's Friday. For many people the weekend will bring two things: Sunday services and late-night booze-fests. Which does your corner of the country hold most dear? » 7/06/12 8:15am 7/06/12 8:15am

, a visualization of America's devotion to piety and alcohol, 140-characters at a time. Up next: analysis (). Floatingsheep's Monica Stephens runs us…

Help the New York Times find a better superpower metaphor

Over the weekend, New York Times tech reporter Nick Bilton posted an article about how Facebook can use its deep integration with other sites and apps (through Facebook Connect, the Open Graph developer platform, and Like buttons) to detect what's happening on the Internet before anyone else. "Facebook is more tapped… » 5/15/12 8:20am 5/15/12 8:20am

Why Facebook is the future of workplace surveillance

Want a job at a public agency? Well, you'd better be prepared to hand over your Facebook password or "friend" the HR department rep during your interview. Over the past few years, people applying for jobs that range from statistician to security guard have discovered that potential employers want more than… » 3/21/12 9:36am 3/21/12 9:36am