Visualizing Connections on Social Networks

14 Jul 2008 - 5:47am
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SemanticWill
2007

Are there any social networking sites that allow you to dynamically
visualize your social networks? Are there any that allow you to "tag" your
ties to all the people on your social network graph? The research and
ability is out there - just look at visualcomplexity.com, but my question is
- why can't I navigate through my social networks on LinkedIn, Facebook,
Twitter, Gather, or anywhere else like I can navigate words in
VisualThesaurus. In fact -- I designed a think-client application a few
years back that allowed just that (dynamic visualization of strong, weak,
absent, negative ties - with tagging) - but I don't see any innovation in
the online social networking space that allows for it. Why is that?

Further, why does LinkedIn make it so difficult for me to connect with
connections of my weak ties? If the value stream of a social network is the
number and strength of the ties and the co-creation of content within those
networks -- why does LinkedIn put so many obstacles in my way?

--
~ will

"Where you innovate, how you innovate,
and what you innovate are design problems"

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Comments

14 Jul 2008 - 6:00am
martinpolley
2007

>
> Are there any social networking sites that allow you to dynamically
> visualize your social networks?
>

Have you seen Twitter Blocks <http://explore.twitter.com/blocks/>?

Cheers,
--
Martin Polley
Technical writer, interaction designer
+972 52 3864280
<http://capcloud.com/>

14 Jul 2008 - 6:08am
SemanticWill
2007

Cool - that allows me to visualize twitters - but not my twitter
connections, so for instance - I can see Edwardo Fortiz's twitters in
context vectored by time - but I can't navigate from me >> Edwardo >> his
connections, etc... so close - but the central node/artifact is the twitter
itself, not the twitter-er

Thanks, though!

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 7:00 AM, Martin <martin.polley at gmail.com> wrote:

> >
> > Are there any social networking sites that allow you to dynamically
> > visualize your social networks?
> >
>
> Have you seen Twitter Blocks <http://explore.twitter.com/blocks/>?
>
> Cheers,
> --
> Martin Polley
> Technical writer, interaction designer
> +972 52 3864280

14 Jul 2008 - 6:21am
SemanticWill
2007

Speaking of which - Anyone on the list get invited to SocialStream? *
http://tinyurl.com/2u8lpx*
"Socialstream is a system where users can seamlessly share, view, and
respond to many types of social content across multiple networks. It is the
result of a rigorous user-centered design process that involved formal
research and evaluation with over 35 participants and weekly critiques from
clients and colleagues."

----

I want to check it out but wonder whether it is real (live), and going to be
available for people anytime soon (soon defined as before 2009)....

And further -- what are the implications for people that manage multiple
identities online? How does one manage their digital self in the context of
a meta-social-networking application?

--
~ will

"Where you innovate, how you innovate,
and what you innovate are design problems"

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Will Evans | User Experience Architect
tel +1.617.281.1281 | will at semanticfoundry.com
twitter: https://twitter.com/semanticwill
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On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 7:08 AM, Will Evans <will at semanticfoundry.com>
wrote:

> Cool - that allows me to visualize twitters - but not my twitter
> connections, so for instance - I can see Edwardo Fortiz's twitters in
> context vectored by time - but I can't navigate from me >> Edwardo >> his
> connections, etc... so close - but the central node/artifact is the twitter
> itself, not the twitter-er
>
> Thanks, though!
>
>
> On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 7:00 AM, Martin <martin.polley at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> >
>> > Are there any social networking sites that allow you to dynamically
>> > visualize your social networks?
>> >
>>
>> Have you seen Twitter Blocks <http://explore.twitter.com/blocks/>?
>>
>> Cheers,
>> --
>> Martin Polley
>> Technical writer, interaction designer
>> +972 52 3864280
>
>
>

14 Jul 2008 - 6:26am
SemanticWill
2007

FYI: I did find these two interesting to put some meat on SocialStream, but
from what I can tell, there is not dynamic visualization component.

http://mashable.com/2007/07/08/socialstream/
http://mashable.com/2007/08/24/socialstream-orkut/

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 7:21 AM, Will Evans <will at semanticfoundry.com>
wrote:

> Speaking of which - Anyone on the list get invited to SocialStream? *
> http://tinyurl.com/2u8lpx*
> "Socialstream is a system where users can seamlessly share, view, and
> respond to many types of social content across multiple networks. It is the
> result of a rigorous user-centered design process that involved formal
> research and evaluation with over 35 participants and weekly critiques from
> clients and colleagues."
>
> ----
>
> I want to check it out but wonder whether it is real (live), and going to
> be available for people anytime soon (soon defined as before 2009)....
>
> And further -- what are the implications for people that manage multiple
> identities online? How does one manage their digital self in the context of
> a meta-social-networking application?
>
>
>

14 Jul 2008 - 9:19am
Tim Lynch
2005

There is a Facebook app called Nexus (http://nexus.ludios.net/) that
creates a "graph" of your network. The demo shows a bit more:

http://nexus.ludios.net/view/demo/

I've installed it on my Facebook profile, but find it has limited
value...in that it seems to be just an interesting view of your
network.

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Posted from the new ixda.org
http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=31286

14 Jul 2008 - 6:39am
Gabriel Porras
2008

>
> Are there any social networking sites that allow you to dynamically
> visualize your social networks?
>

In Facebook you can do it with this App: Interactive Friends Graph
(http://apps.facebook.com/friendsgraph/)

Cheers,

Gabriel Porras
ghporras at gmail.com
blog: estandaresyaccesibilidad.com

14 Jul 2008 - 2:22pm
SemanticWill
2007

Thanks -

Unfortunately, I got this:
"There are still a few kinks Facebook and the makers of Interactive Friends
Graph are trying to iron out. We appreciate your patience as we try to fix
these issues. Your problem has been logged - if it persists, please come
back in a few days. Thanks!"

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 7:39 AM, Gabriel Porras <ghporras at gmail.com> wrote:

> >
> > Are there any social networking sites that allow you to dynamically
> > visualize your social networks?
> >
>
>
> In Facebook you can do it with this App: Interactive Friends Graph
> (http://apps.facebook.com/friendsgraph/)
>
>
> Cheers,
>
> Gabriel Porras
> ghporras at gmail.com
> blog: estandaresyaccesibilidad.com
>
>
>

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