Twitter may lay claim to millions of users, but we intend to only inhabit a small part of it… I Follow 500 or so people, and am followed by 3000 or so “curated” followers (I block maybe 20-50 a week, and not all of them obvious spam accounts, in part because I see the list of folk who follow me as a network that defines several particular spheres of interest, and I don’t want to drown out signal by noise.)
So here’s a map of how the connected component of the graph of how my Twitter followers follow each other; it excludes people who aren’t followed by anyone in the graph (which may include folk who do follow me but who have private accounts).
The layout is done in Gephi using the Force Atlas 2 layout. It’s quite by chance that the layout resembles the Isle of Wight…or a heart? Yes, maybe it’s a great be heart:-)
By running the HITS statistic over the graph, we can get a feel for who the influential folk are; sizing and labeling nodes by Authority, we get this (click through to see a bigger version):
Here’s an annotated version, as I see it (click through to see a bigger version):
If you’d like me to spend up to 20 mins making a map for you, I’ll pick up on an idea from Martin Hawksey and maybe do two or three maps for a donation to charity (in particular, to Ovacome). In fact, if you feel as if you’ve ever benefited from anything posted to this blog, why not give them a donation anyway…? Donate to ovacome.