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Recently I got into Orkut, Google’s take on social networking. Its a lot like Friendster with a few extra tricks under its sleeve. Some good, some bad.

Some guys at the Data Whorehouse (yeah, great name) came up with a pretty cool use for all that data. They’ve created a web application that displays geographical density maps of the Orkut membership. Unfortunately the data is limited to zip codes, so the nodes seem to all be clustered near local post offices. But still, a very cool use of data.