More than 110 million songs, albums and radio stations have been played 40 billion times through apps integrated with Facebook’s Open Graph. So what does it look like when millions of sound waves travel through Facebook?
Facebook recruited San Francisco design studio Stamen to create a 3D visualization of music activity on the social network.
Stamen, which specializes in mapping and data visualization, came up with “BeatQuake,” a video that shows how often the top 3 songs are played each day over a 90-day period on Facebook across the continental United States.
Each song is represented by an individual color. The map’s color-coded layers rise and fall as one song overtakes another in popularity. While there is no sound accompanying the video, programmers have incorporated characteristics of each song into the map.
Some other highlights to spot:
“Scream & Shout” by Will.i.am and Britney Spears goes viral in the South and New York on Feb. 9, around the release of the song’s Valentine’s Day video.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” dominates in New York, Chicago and the West Coast.
“Don’t You Worry Child” from Swedish House Mafia has a surge in Texas on Feb. 22.