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Facebook Beatquake: What millions of sound waves traveling through Facebook look like

Facebook Stories has just released their third visualization project with us, which we’re affectionately calling “Beatquake.” The project is designed to show listening activity across Facebook over the course of 90 days. We were all surprised how popular Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is. It blew out most of the investigative charting we worked on early in the process. Here’s how the project blossomed over the course of four weeks.

You can read about how this piece was made here, see more Facebook/Stamen in-process work here, and a series of posts looking under the hood at how this kind of work gets made here, here and here.

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Published: 05.28.13
Updated: 09.20.22

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Stamen is a globally recognized strategic design partner and one of the most established cartography and data visualization studios in the industry. For over two decades, Stamen has been helping industry giants, universities, and civic-minded organizations alike bring their ideas to life through designing and storytelling with data. We specialize in translating raw data into interactive visuals that inform, inspire and incite action. At the heart of this is our commitment to research and ensuring we understand the challenges we face. We embrace ambiguity, we thrive in data, and we exist to build tools that educate and inspire our audiences to act.