A Quick Peek at the IWMW2009 Twitter Network

This is just a quickie following up Preliminary Thoughts on Visualising the OpenEd09 Twitter Network, Where Next With The Hashtagging Twitterers List? and Who’s Tweeting Our Hashtag? with a couple of images showing some of the ‘Twitter action’ going on around IWMW2009. (I’ll post the how to when I’m not on holiday…the recipe is a little different to the approach I used in the previous posts…;-)

First up, a graph of who sent a tweet to whom whilst using the #iwmw2009 hashtag. The arrows go FROM the person sending the tweet TO the person they sent it to (I think…):

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Secondly, a graph of the RT/retweet network. The arrows go FROM a person who RTd a post TO the person who sent the original tweet (so if A RTd B, the arrow goes FROM A TO B).

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Note that if a link goes from A TO B TO C, it doesn’t necessarily mean that A RTd B’s RT of tweet from C. It just means that at some point A RTd B, and at some point B RTd C. This sort of graph might help to identify amplification networks? So for example, we see iwmw and briankelly both being amplified/RTd quite a bit, as well as jaducms. Were folks from the latter engaged in a little bit of social media PR, I wonder?!;-)

Okay – that’s enough of a teaser for now; back to being on holiday… :-)

PS I actually tweeted a links to a couple of similar graphs fro opned09 ystrday – but there was a big oops and those graphs were actually wrong, so I’ve deleted them; I’ll repost them via a blog post in a few days…

Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...

2 thoughts on “A Quick Peek at the IWMW2009 Twitter Network”

  1. The question is are the people who are popular in Twitter popular in real life?

    Can you come up with a bit of code to work out that one?
    ;-)

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