Visualizing your Social Network

LinkedIn offers a visualisation of your network connections. While browsing and looking at the persons represented by the nodes and their proximity, directly hypothesis form in the head as to the common context (when and where one met). To me the accuracy of the layout and coloring is amazing! That the different clusters actually delineate different institutes and departments I had the pleasure to work with/at is a nice “proof-of-concept”, albeit a bit terrifying as to how much the network knows about us … if you already are at LinkedIn give it a spin to see “the community” emerging around yourself. Makes you also wonder what the guys running the social networks actually can do with the entirety of network data we dump on them. Anyway, have fun exploring your local network!

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  1. #1 by cistronic on 2012/04/05 - 09:39

    In this recent paper “Structural diversity in social contagion” Johan Ugander, Lars Backstrom, Cameron Marlow and Jon Kleinberg
    find that influence is related to the “number of connected components in an individual’s contact neighborhood, rather than by the actual size of the neighborhood”
    so coverage of the network by diversity of the links, not mere node degree is important.

    http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/03/27/1116502109

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