Facebook and George Takei Show You How Photos Go Viral [VIDEO]

Eric Larson
Mashable
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Viral content holds the Internet together -- that much is clear. But exactly how that content spreads isn't so cut and dry.

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Facebook teamed up with design firm Stamen and actor-turned-social-media-star George Takei to see, share by share, just how photos go viral.

Here's how it worked: Takei shared a few photos on his Facebook page. Stamen took the shared data from his photos and converted it into a series of interactive graphics, which Facebook published this morning.

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The graphics are two colors, one for each gender. Each streak, then, represents someone re-sharing an image. As each generation of shares ages, it fades to white to show the passage of time. Watch the video above to see it for yourself.

You can see each of the shared graphics in their entirety at FacebookStories.com.

What other types of data would you like to see visualized like this? Let us know in the comments.


Image courtesy of Flickr, Gage Skidmore.

This story originally published on Mashable here.