Working together, the Pew Internet and American Life Project and the Social Media Research Foundation has published a report on the variations in social media crowd structures documented by network analysis and visualization of Twitter. The report is titled:
Mapping Twitter Topic Networks:
From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters
The paper documents the distinct patterns of connection that emerge when people talk to one another using social media services like Twitter. The paper includes six network visualizations that clearly demonstrate the diverse ways people connect to people when using online tools.
The report was produced by Marc Smith from the Social Media Research Foundation, Lee Rainie from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, Itai Himelboim professor of communications at the University of Georgia, and Ben Shneiderman professor of computer science from the University of Maryland.