Facebook Flowers

"Ultimately, watching George Takei share a Marvin the Martian picture becomes a transcendental experience."

Facebook Flowers” diagrams the viral activity that follows George Takei sharing a picture on Facebook. Each share generates a thread, and follow-on shares continue as extensions of that strand, blooming as the picture is passed from friend to friend. Popular people are revealed as branching-off points of their own, and the process begins again. The patterns that emerge closely resemble living organisms like plants or algae, a theme we see again and again in large and complex data sets.