I’ve been tinkering with some of my “List Intelligence” code again, and thought it worth capturing some examples of the sort of network exploration recipes I’m messing around with at the moment.
Let’s take @jiscCetis as an example; this account follows no-one, is followed by a few, hasnlt much of a tweet history and is listed by a handful of others.
Here’s the follower network, based on how the followers of @jiscetis follow each other:
There are three (maybe four) clusters there, plus all the folk who don’t follow any of the @jisccetis’ followers…: do these follower clusters make any sort of sense I wonder? (How would we label them…?)
The next thing I thought to do was look at the people who were on the same lists as @jisccetis, and get an overview of the territory that @jisccetis inhabits by virtue of shared list membership.
Here’s a quick view over the folk on lists that @jisccetis is a member of. The nodes are users named on the lists that @jisccetis is named on, the edges are undirected and join indivduals who are on the same list.
Plotting “co-membership” edges is hugely expensive in terms of upping the edge count that has to be rendered, but we can use a directed bipartite graph to render the same information (and arguably even more information); here, there are two sorts of nodes: lists, and the memvers of lists. Edges go from members to listnames (I should swap this direction really to make more sense of authority/hub metrics…?)
Another thing I thought I’d explore is the structure of the co-list membership community. That is, for all the people on the lists that @jisccetis is a member of, how do those users follow each other?
It may be interesting to explore in a formal way the extent to which the community groups that appear to arise from the friending relationships are reflected (or not) by the make up of the lists?
It would probably also be worth trying to label the follower group – are there “meaningful” (to @jisccetis? to the @jisccetis community?) clusters in there? How would you label the different colour groupings? (Let me know in the comments…;-)