Inspired by the wolfram alpha facebook report, the project visualizes the facebook friendlist in the Powerdome of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
So what happens there technically? Summed up roughly, Marc extracted his own facebook-friendlist via the app giveMeMyData in a machine readable format and visualized it via processing. More precisely: He created a network node for every friend in his list. Gave every one of them a negative force field, so they will always try to seperate. The second rule applied is: If two friends of mine are mutual friends as well, they will attract each other. These two basic rules form clusters of people that know each other and is known as force directional graph.
But how to navigate this?
Remember, we are in 360° context. There is no left and right, front or back. In the end I decided to use the iPhone and it’s compass function coupled with a bit of gravity information to mesure the direction pointed. So the user can simply point into a direction and start flying.