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Thought this was interesting. http://io9.com/59798...action_ref_map=

NFL fans by U.S. county, according to Facebook

avt-small.jpg like "XXXXing their pants." Or men who like "RAPING!" (We said Facebook's repository of human data had great potential, not that it was being put to compelling use.)

That said, there are people out there using all our Likes and comments and preferences to look at more interesting trends. People like Sean Taylor (who actually works for fb). For instance: according to Taylor, Facebook has roughly 35 million account holders in the U.S. alone who have Liked the page of one of the National Football Leagues's 32 teams. That, he says, represents "one of the most comprehensive samples of sports fanship ever collected." All told, more than 1 in 10 Americans have declared allegiance to one NFL team or another. When he plumbed the depths of Facebook's data wells he came up with a county-by-county map of NFL fandom in the United States:

528895_10151382327948415_1568495614_n-1.png The map lends itself well to analysis. In some cases, Taylor notes, "whole states and even entire regions of the country uniformly support a single team" (looking pretty orange there, Wyoming); in others, individual states are divided against themselves (see Florida). But things get really interesting come playoff season:

603095_10151382340933415_550528693_n.png Nationwide allegiances shift dramatically when you remove non-playoff teams. By early January, for example, Bronco Country had more than doubled in size. Texas, once a nearly solid greyish-purple monster, was suddenly a heterogeneous mixture of red, purple, orange and grey.

Full sizemedium.gifAs the post-season progresses, you can see blocks of patchwork in the quilt of American fandom swapped out en masse. Vikings fans don massive cheese hats. The states formerly comprising Bronco Country now root for anybody but Baltimore. "With only two teams left for the Super Bowl we see a country divided more or less by geography," writes Taylor, "with 49ers fans dominating the West and the Ravens being the most popular in counties in the mid-Atlantic and Southern states. Shown here are all the maps, in order, as the post season progresses. Here's an enlarged map of where things stand as of today:

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Now here's the question: what else could Facebook's human data be used for? I mean, football metrics are interesting (I don't even particularly like football, but I love datavisualization, and tend to spend WAY too much time perusing data like these), but shouldn't we be probing Facebook's databanks for something that can benefit humanity in more significant ways? Might it be used, like Twitter, to monitor disease outbreaks, or does it lack the microblogging platform's moment-to-moment temporal resolution? (How analogous is Facebook's status update to a person's twitter PIRATED VIDEO IS ILLEGAL, anyway?) How might Facebook's data be used to monitor flu outbreaks, like Google's Flu Trends, or advance human knowledge in general? How else can Facebook give back to its users, and society — or even science — at large?

It seems like a question worth asking. If Facebook is to become the next Google, it could stand to take a page from The Big G's playbook and use all that data to do some good.

Tons more NFL analysis over on Facebook.

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Dodge Co. holding strong for the dirty birds! That's the thing that stings the most about the playoff exit, people in my part of the state were finally believing in the Falcons. I was seeing hats and shirts and rise up flags everywhere.

And I know you're all going to say "If they're true fans they'd always be loyal" and they are, but you can only get burned so many times.

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Pretty sure about the same. The entire Gulf Coast from the panhandle of Florida all the way into Texas is Taint territory. Sadly, I reside in that area....needless to say, I'm behind enemy lines.

I'm kinda surprised. I had assumed that Alabama would be mostly Falcons fans. I didn't think that the state could really pull for a Louisiana team considering LSU territory...plus we got Julio!

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Guess I think about it differently because I was raised in Georgia, born in Alabama. I always kinda liked both Bama and UGA so my mindset is like --- no support for Louisiana sports! LSU and Saints! haha

Really thought we had Alabama though! You think they will continue to pull against Julio????

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It'll be all the sweeter when the Birds win, so you can give them all an earful.

It was about 50/50 last Monday after the NFCCG. Some were sympathetic about the loss, others were acting like the Taints were the ones to knock us out.

I'm kinda surprised. I had assumed that Alabama would be mostly Falcons fans. I didn't think that the state could really pull for a Louisiana team considering LSU territory...plus we got Julio!

I'm surprised it shows the ENTIRE state in that puke gold color. I figured anywhere north of Montgomery would be Titans or Falcons. As an Alabama fan, I can say that fans here are die hard. It doesn't matter if Saban and then entire 2009 championship team played for Atlanta, they wouldn't care. They only care about who is AT the University and AT the university only.

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Pretty sure about the same. The entire Gulf Coast from the panhandle of Florida all the way into Texas is Taint territory. Sadly, I reside in that area....needless to say, I'm behind enemy lines.

dude talk about behind enemy lines, i live in gulfport mississippi lol, like an hour from the super dome, they all hate me lol.
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