Friday, March 29, 2013

Facebook users of Washtenaw County

Percent of users changing their profile picture to HRC's red equality sign. Darker indicates higher values.

You may have noticed everyone on your Facebook feed changing their picture to the HRC's red and pink equality symbol in support of the two marriage equality cases before the Supreme Court this week. Now, this may be because all your friends are uber-liberal and love showing it on facebook. Or it may be because all your friends live in Washtenaw County. Check it out:

Which counties saw the largest increases in profile photo changes? Much to our surprise, we found that Washtenaw County -- home of Ann Arbor, Michigan and the University of Michigan, this author's alma mater, topped the list. Our model estimated that approximately 6.2% of Facebook users who logged in from this county changed their profile photos in response to the campaign.
Hat tip: @rifferaff

Image via Facebook.


  1. On a side note, this further proves my longtime joke-slash-longtime theory: How can you tell someone went to U of M? You don't have to. It's going to come up.

  2. just saw this post. thanks for the h/t!