First Pass, Quick Look at the UK MPs’ Twitter Network

As well as hashtag communities, where membership is implicitly determined by virtue of using a particualr hashtag, it also struck me that curated lists might also represent a view over a community as identified explicitly by whoever is curating the list. So for example, if we take the Guardian’s list of Twittering MPs, we can grab their friends lists and look to see which other MPs each MP is following….

The simplest visualisations are simply over the friends graph. So to start with, how about a view where node size represents the number of MPs following an individual, and heat/colour represents the number of MPs followed:

MPs' twitter community - node size no. of MPs following, colour number of MPs followed

The converse view uses node size to represent the number of MPs an individual is following, and heat/colour to depict the number of MPs an individual is following:

MPs' twitter network - node size is number of MPs followed, colour is number of MPS following

More later [here, in fact: More Observations on the Twittering MPs’ Network…], maybe including a look at what “clusters” appear. Are MPs following folk in their party, or elsewhere…?;-)

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...

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