Ever wondered how image sharing activity on social media can be represented visually? Take a look at these stunning videos below produced by award-winning data-visualisation specialists Stamen Design, who have used Facebook data to illustrate the explosive power of sharing on social media.

They took three images posted on Facebook by George Takei and have produced animations where every time the image is ‘shared’ by another Facebook user, a new branch appears.

The first video below shows sharing patterns for ‘Marvin the Martian‘, while a second and third show patterns for other images shared by Takei. Data was collected between July and September 2012.