NodeXL has a number of data importers that can create a network of connections from social media data sources like Twitter, YouTube, flickr, email, and the WWW (along with a number of other data import formats like GraphML, UCINet, CSV, and other Excel workbooks with data).
To create a network you just select the search terms and configurations you want from the NodeXL>Data>Import menu.
If you want to create the same network every day (or at any schedule), a recent feature (since version .125) of NodeXL can help. NodeXLNetworkServer.exe is an application that ships with NodeXL along with a sample configuration file called SampleNetworkConfiguration.xml. By editing the configuration file you can set NodeXL to collect anything available in the menu through Excel. So far we have exposed the two Twitter data collectors (more on the way) so the configuration file asks you to select a search term or a user’s name, the size of the network and the details you want reported along with the location and name of the destination file that NodeXL will create. Answer these questions by editing the config file and save it with a useful name that includes the search term.
Step by step details after the jump: