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Friendster whore statistics

Ryan has been running statistics on his network on Friendster. (I’ve been meaning to do this, but he has far more patience than i.) “Friendsterwhore Institute of Statistical Trends (F.I.S.T.)” has run queries on musical taste, interests, sex, and a whole lot more. Based on 2,097,997 users, some of the simplest but still fascinating are:

  • People who indicated that they were men: 862,398 (41%)
  • People who indicated that they were women: 835,240 (40%) … which means that 9% weren’t really sure WHO they were…
  • People who are “just here to help”: 327,533 (16%)
  • People who are looking for activity partners: 932,953 (45%)
  • People who are looking for friends: 1,339,616 (64%)
  • People who are looking for a date with a woman: 394,641 (19%)
  • People who are looking for a date with a man: 298,385 (14%)
  • People who are looking for a serious relationship with a woman: 289,652 (14%)
  • People who are looking for a serious relationship with a man: 216,602 (10%)
  • People who are single: 1,067,620 (51%)
  • People who are in an open marriage: 48,444 (2%)
  • People whose name is “Kevin Bacon”: 33 (0.002%)
  • People whose name is “George Bush”: 28 (0.001%)
  • People whose name is “Jesus Christ”: 147 (0.007%)


Since Blogspot’s direct links tend to be spotty, here’s a reprint of some of FIST’s entries:

“You are connected to 2,092,944 people in your Personal Network, through 266 friends.” Highest ID number in the New People display: Rea (4283881) * 0.93 = 3,984,009 Percentage of total friendsterspace covered by personal network: 53%

In all cases, the first number is the result when doing a search on my gallery; it is followed in parentheses by the estimated percentage of Friendsterspace that matches that result.

People who indicated that they were men: 862,398 (41%)

People who indicated that they were women: 835,240 (40%) … which means that 9% weren’t really sure WHO they were…

People who are “just here to help”: 327,533 (16%)

People who are looking for activity partners: 932,953 (45%)

People who are looking for friends: 1,339,616 (64%)


“You are connected to 2,097,997 people in your Personal Network, through 266 friends.” Highest ID number in the New People display: Celestine (4294446) * 0.93 = 3,993,834 Percentage of total friendsterspace covered by personal network: 53%

A few more fun stats from the Friendsterwhore Institute of Statistical Trends (F.I.S.T.):

People who are looking for a date with a woman: 394,641 (19%)

People who are looking for a date with a man: 298,385 (14%)

People who are looking for a serious relationship with a woman: 289,652 (14%)

People who are looking for a serious relationship with a man: 216,602 (10%)

People who are single: 1,067,620 (51%)

People who are in an open marriage: 48,444 (2%)

People whose name is “Kevin Bacon”: 33 (0.002%)

People whose name is “George Bush”: 28 (0.001%)

People whose name is “Jesus Christ”: 147 (0.007%)

And people whose name is “Ryan Schultz”: 14 (0.0007%), hmmm, maybe we should start a very exclusive club 🙂 ….


“You are connected to 2,104,547 people in your Personal Network, through 266 friends.”
Highest ID number in the New People display: Alvin (4307013) * 0.93 = 4,005,522
Percentage of total friendsterspace covered by personal network: 53%

(* …and a voice from the back yells: “MORE STATS!” *)

Number of people who live in the New York City area (within 25 miles of Manhattan): 150,803 (7.1%)

Number of people who live in the San Francisco area (within 25 miles of the Castro): 130,341 (6.2%)

Number of people who live in the Los Angeles area (within 25 miles of Beverly Hills): 146,626 (7.0%)

…and number of people who live in the Winnipeg area: 1,375 (0.065%)

Number of people who list “wine” as one of their interests: 22,361 (1.1%)

Number of people who list “beer” as one of their interests: 23,066 (also 1.1%)

Number of people who list “milk” as one of their interests: 1,818 (0.086%)

Number of people who list “reading” as one of their interests: 193,545 (9.2%)

Number of people who list “shopping” as one of their interests: 108,703 (5.2%)

Number of people who list “sleeping” as one of their interests: 77,421 (3.7%, including Jonathan Abrams)

Number of people who say Celine Dion is one of their favourite singers: 3,174 (0.15%)

Number of people who say Barbra Streisand is one of their favourite singers: only 566 (0.027%)!


“You are connected to 2,121,826 people in your Personal Network, through 269 friends.”
Highest ID number in the New People display: Dan (4337879) * 0.93 =
Percentage of total friendsterspace covered by personal network: Pt%

FINALLY… two relatively uninterrupted hours of friendster-time while all the West Coast people are sleeping off their Friday night partying 🙂 … here are some stats from the Friendsterwhore Institute of Statistical Trends (F.I.S.T.) on the favourite music of Friendsters (hey, what good is a network of 2.1 million friendsters if you can’t learn something from it???). Keep in mind that I couldn’t do some searches: words too short (“U2”, “Mya”), or words too common (“Michael Jackson”, “James Brown”), or just plain ambiguity (“Elvis” pulls up both “Elvis Presley” and “Elvis Costello”; “Pink” also pulls up “Pink Floyd”).

Radiohead: 65,131
Coldplay: 43,022
The Beatles: 37,898
Bjork: 30,673
Linkin Park: 23,971
The Pixies: 21,790
The Smiths: 20,892
Johnny Cash: 19,674
Weezer: 19,672
Eminem: 19,235
David Bowie: 19,173
Madonna: 19,144
John Mayer: 19,000
The White Stripes: 18,480
The Rolling Stones: 16,563
Bob Marley: 16,015
Outkast: 15,995
Beck: 15,824
Bob Dylan: 15,365
Nirvana: 15,319
Justin Timberlake: 13,233
Frank Sinatra: 13,019
Norah Jones: 12,928
Belle and Sebastian: 12,715
The Doors: 11,534
Prince: 11,257
Red Hot Chili Peppers: 11,065
Ani diFranco: 10,852
Sigur Ros: 10,485
Missy Elliott: 8,669
Britney Spears: 7,470
Christina Aguilera: 7,057
Death Cab for Cutie: 6,961
Johann Sebastian Bach: 6,378
Sting: 6,356
Oasis: 6,018
Sarah McLachlan: 6,017
Phish: 6,000
Liz Phair: 5,978
Ludwig van Beethoven: 5,976
Dixie Chicks: 5,865
Blink-182: 5,824
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 5,814
Dido: 5,573
Joni Mitchell: 5,564
Moby: 5,189
Beyonce Knowles: 5,008
The Shins: 4,990
Marvin Gaye: 4,981
Avril Lavigne: 4,958
Elton John: 4,560
Fleetwood Mac: 4,484
Bruce Springsteen: 4,158
The Grateful Dead: 4,093
Frederic Francois Chopin: 4,032
Simon and Garfunkel: 3,608
Kylie Minogue: 3,539
Patsy Cline: 3,344
ABBA: 3,267
Aaliyah: 3,194
Celine Dion: 3,187
Dolly Parton: 2,813
The Eagles: 2,718
Aretha Franklin: 2,645
Cher: also 2,645
Mary J. Blige: 2,429
Sheryl Crow: 2,340
KISS: 2,329
Cyndi Lauper: 2,027
Shania Twain: 1,895
Whitney Houston: 1,870
The Carpenters: 1,632
The Bee Gees: 1,524
The B-52’s: 1,167
Hilary Duff: 1,112
Dusty Springfield: 1,103
Barry Manilow: 888
Barbra Streisand: 660
Sixpence None the Richer: 575
Eurythmics: 560
The Bangles: 521
John Tesh: 362
LeAnn Rimes: 351

…and finally,
William Shatner: 92
Zamfir: 75

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