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Which social media network type is your topic? Which did you want it to be?

April 15th, 2014 by Marc Smith · 15 Comments

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There are at least six different types of social media network structures present in systems like Twitter and other services in which people are able to reply to one another.

Each of the six patterns is generated by the behavior of the individuals in the population.

In many cases the pattern you are is not the pattern you want to be.

This table describes each of the six patterns in terms of the difference between that pattern and the other five patterns.

Go down the rows until you find the pattern that most closely matches the network you currently have.  Then work across the columns until you find the pattern that you want to become.

At the intersection is a color and a few ways to change and measure the transition from where you are to where you want to be.

A red square indicates an undesirable transition (who wants to become a divided discussion?).  A yellow square is a low probability and difficult transition (it is hard to go from divided to unified).  A blue square is a challenge but possible while a green square is a fairly easy transition to make.

Using this guide, you can plan a strategy for your social media engagement.

This slide is part of a larger slide deck about using social media network analysis to guide engagement.  Look for slide 71.

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NodeXL Update v320 – Important news about upgrading your copy of NodeXL

April 14th, 2014 by Marc Smith · 1 Comment

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The NodeXL team has just released a new version of the application.

Version 320 of NodeXL has some important changes.

Most important:
All existing users of NodeXL
*MUST*

* UNINSTALL *
all existing copies of the application from their systems
prior to installing this version.

Benefits: NodeXL will now provide automated updates.  Everyday NodeXL will check for updated code and patch itself automatically.

This is the LAST update for NodeXL that will require user involvement.  We will push new features out to users as they are available and they will just show up in user’s applications.

Some additional features of the latest update:

  • Imported Twitter networks now have an “in-reply-to tweet ID” column. This is a useful data element for building “paths” that capture how information flows through a network.
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  • When you lay out each of the graph’s groups in its own box, you can now select how the boxes are laid out. Go to NodeXL>Graph>Layout>Layout Options in the Excel ribbon. (Thanks to Cody Dunne for this feature.)
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  • The Check for Updates item has been removed from the Excel ribbon. NodeXL now automatically checks for updates once a day.  Once this release is installed, NodeXL will automatically update itself when a new release is available. You will no longer have to manually download and install new releases.  This release and those that follow will all be referred to as “NodeXL Excel Template 2014.” New releases will continue to have version numbers, but the numbers will be less important in light of the new auto-update feature.

  • If you use third-party graph data importers, such as the Social Network Importer for NodeXL, note that the folder where the importers are stored has changed. See “Using third-party graph data importers in NodeXL Excel Template 2014” at http://nodexl.codeplex.com/discussions/522826.
  • If you use third-party graph data importers, such as the Social Network Importer for NodeXL, note that the folder where the importers are stored must be specified in the NodeXL>Data>Import>Import Options dialog:2014-NodeXL-Data-Import-Import Options-Data Importers

  • If you use the NodeXL Network Server, an advanced command-line program that downloads a network from Twitter and stores the network on disk in several file formats, note that the program is no longer a part of NodeXL Excel Template. See “Using the NodeXL Network Server command-line program with NodeXL Excel Template 2014” at http://nodexl.codeplex.com/discussions/522830.

  • When a Twitter network is imported, the hashtags in the “Hashtags in Tweet” (or “Hashtags in Latest Tweet”) column are now all in lower case.  Previously, identical strings with different case letters would be counted differently.  This is no longer the case and the result is that terms that had been divided are now unified.  These terms will now have higher values and there will be more diversity in the top ten list.

Thanks for using NodeXL and stay tuned for additional updates!

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Radio: OnTheMedia – Twitter Cartography – with Lee Rainie from Pew Internet

March 15th, 2014 by Marc Smith · No Comments

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Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet Research Center was interviewed by Bob Garfield on OnTheMedia this week about the recently released report on mapping Twitter topic networks.  The report found six distinct patterns of social media networks in Twitter: divided, unified, fragmented, clustered, and in and out hub and spoke patterns. They discuss the prospects for overcoming polarization in social media and the hopeful signs that many other forms of social network structures exist in addition to the divided network pattern.

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NodeXL milestone: 250,000 downloads

March 13th, 2014 by Marc Smith · No Comments

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The NodeXL project hit a milestone this week with 250,000 downloads.

Thanks to our users for their continued interest and support of the NodeXL project!

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Upcoming 2014 NodeXL Talks, Workshops, and Training

March 13th, 2014 by Marc Smith · No Comments

Upcoming talks, workshops and training for social media network analysis and NodeXL.


March 16, 2014: Predictive Analytics World, San Francisco.
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Track 1: Social Media Analysis Think Link! Network Insights with No Programming Skills


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March 18: Consortium for Service Innovation Annual Member Summit


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April 2 – April 4, 2014, UCDC Center, Washington DC, USA, 2014 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP14)


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April 24-24, 2014 The Next Web, Amsterdam


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May 1-2, 2014: The Social Media & Web Analytics Summit


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May 8th, 2014: 2014 SQL PASS Business Analytics Conference in San Jose.


May 19-23, 2014: International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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June 27-29 2014: 
Networks in the Global World 2014. Bridging Theory and Methods: American, European and Russian Studies

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May 19-23, 2014: International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, Minneapolis, Minnesota

March 11th, 2014 by Marc Smith · No Comments

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Third International Symposium on
Collaboration, Social Computing, New Media and Networks
(SoMNet 2014)
Call for
Papers and Participation
As part of the
2014 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems
(CTS 2014)
May 19-23, 2014
The Commons Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
In Cooperation with
ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

 

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May 7-9, 2014 – SQLPASS – San Jose – Social media network maps in Excel with NodeXL

March 10th, 2014 by Marc Smith · No Comments

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I will present a talk  at the 2014 SQL PASS Business Analytics Conference in San Jose on May 8th.

The talk will focus on free and open tools for creating network maps and reports that can illuminate the landscape of social media.

The graph represents a network of 633 Twitter users whose tweets in the requested date range contained “sqlpass”, or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets. The tweets in the network were tweeted over the 15-day, 2-hour, 48-minute period from Tuesday, 25 February 2014 at 00:26 UTC to Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 03:15 UTC.

There is an edge for each “replies-to” relationship in a tweet, an edge for each “mentions” relationship in a tweet, and a self-loop edge for each tweet that is not a “replies-to” or “mentions”.

The graph’s vertices were grouped by cluster using the Clauset-Newman-Moore cluster algorithm.  The graph was laid out using the Harel-Koren Fast Multiscale layout algorithm.

The edge colors are based on edge weight values. The edge widths are based on edge weight values. The edge opacities are based on edge weight values. The vertex sizes are based on followers values. The vertex opacities are based on followers values.

Top 10 Vertices, Ranked by Betweenness Centrality:
@sqlpass
@laertesqldba
@nikoneugebauer
@karlakay22
@jenstirrup
@retracement
@grrl_geek
@sqlrockstar
@markvsql
@sqlservermag

Top URLs in Tweet in Entire Graph:
http://www.sqlpass.org/ss2014launch/Webinars.aspx
http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2014/Speakers/CallForSpeakers.aspx
http://sqlsaturday.com/287/schedule.aspx
http://bi.sqlpass.org/
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5759204879042322946
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2383471085904007682
http://paper.li/PASSAppDev/1391708680
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3165768110532010497
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2196441958679840002
http://www.linkedin.com/slink?code=bNfBsHy

Top Hashtags in Tweet in Entire Graph:
#sqlpass
#sqlserver
#sql
#sqlsatexeter
#sqlpass_de
#sqlsaturday
#sqlsatvienna
#sqlsatportugal
#msbi
#sqlsatmadison

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May 1-2, 2014 Talk at Social Media & Web Analytics Summit in San Francisco

March 9th, 2014 by Marc Smith · No Comments

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I will speak at The Social Media & Web Analytics Summit on May 2nd.

Hosted by The Innovation Enterprise, the event provides 30+ industry case studies and over 20 hours of networking opportunities across 2 days.

The summit will cover the important topics relevant to business today:

  • Measuring, Evaluating & Predicting the Social Consumer
  • What Consumers Say vs. What They Do
  • Multi-Platform Consumer Engagement
  • Journey to Social Media ROI
  • Multi-Variate Experiments on the Web
  • Scientifically Measuring the Wealth of your Website

You can follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag: #IESocialWeb.

#IESocialWeb Twitter NodeXL SNA Map and Report for Friday, 14 March 2014 at 00:30 UTC
View an interactive version of this graph (experimental)

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April 24-25, 2014: TheNextWeb – Amsterdam – NodeXL talk about mapping social media networks

March 9th, 2014 by Marc Smith · No Comments

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I spoke at TheNextWeb 2014 in Amsterdam on April 25th.

Here is a map of the connections among the people who recently tweeted the terms: tnwconference OR #TNWEurope OR thenextweb

This is a highly fragmented “Brand” network pattern with several prominent Broadcast hub and spoke structures centered around the most central participants: @thenextweb, @ow, @epro, @nicolasfordham, @gcouros, @malchord, @martinsfp, @plagia3, @k5launch, @taxion2.

I spoke about how anyone who can make a pie chart can now make these network maps and reports.

Interested in a map for a topic important to you?  Request a free sample NodeXL social media network map and report.

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April 23, 2014 – NodeXL Meetup in Amsterdam

March 7th, 2014 by Marc Smith · No Comments

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Please join me for a NodeXL meetup on April 23 at 3pm local time in Amsterdam at an event hosted by DTN/NewsConsole.

Location: Prinsengracht 707-3

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Bring your SNA, social media, social network, and NodeXL questions along with sample data sets!

Come hear about NodeXL features that make automating network data collection, analysis, visualization and publication simple and easy.  Get daily reports on the social networks that matter to you!

I will talk about the upcoming features releasing in NodeXL (autoupdate, new layouts, better importers for Twitter, Facebook, Wikis, and more) and take your requests.

We may have some special guests!

Please RSVP to [email protected] at DTN.

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