The graph represents a network of 4,405 Twitter users whose tweets in the requested range contained “#pdf15 OR #wegov OR pdmteam OR @techpresident OR “personal democracy” OR Mlsif”, tweeted over the 42-day, 2-hour, 38-minute period from Saturday, 02 May 2015 at 21:24 UTC to Sunday, 14 June 2015 at 00:02 UTC.
Top 10 Vertices, Ranked by Betweenness Centrality:
Top Hashtags in Tweet in Entire Graph:
Political discussions are obviously a major area of social media use. This talk explores the ways social network analysis and visualization can be applied to mapping discussions of political issues and topics. It features a number of NodeXL generated visualizations of twitter crowds and networks that form around topics like the conference hashtag #PDF2010 (and #PDF10) as well as political and current event relevant terms.
I was also interviewed by Deb Berman from JustMeans.com after the presentation to describe the NodeXL project a bit more:
Here are some sample images of NodeXL topic network maps from the talk:
2010 – June – 3 – NodeXL – Twitter – PDF2010: This map represents the connections among people who tweeted the term “PDF2010”. It illustrates the people in the “center” and the sub-clusters in the map. People who occupy “bridge” locations are visible as well.
2010 – June 1 – NodeXL – Twitter – #tcot: This is a map of the “Top Conservatives on Twitter” tag. It has a large dominant cluster and a tiny sub group of tcot critics.
2010 – June 1 – NodeXL – Twitter – #p2: The #p2 hashtag is used by “Progressive 2.0” discussions. It features a clear dominant cluster of supporters and a smaller cluster of skeptics made up largely of conservatives.
Outside the CUNY Graduate Center auditorium during PDF2010.
Clay Shirky’s talk was great: it wove together stories of collective action for good and trivial purposes that framed a call to increase the costs of political activity on the net rather than reduce as a way to improve the impact of contribution rather than their mere scale.
Howard Rheingold’s discussion with Micha Sifry was insightful, focusing on the ways the Internet can lull us into a lack of mindfullness. A Mindfull approach, Howard encourages, is one where we are not as easily pulled into random tangents and drift aimlessly from link to link and click to click.