List Intelligence: Mapping Lists My Twitter Friends Are On

A tease (and reminder to myself) of something I was messing around with for a few minutes today: a List Intelligence routine that grabs all the lists the people I follow on Twitter are on and that then plots the digraph connecting my Twitter friends with those lists. Using a force directed layout of a sort, sizing nodes (non-linearly) by degree, and then filtering out friends to leave lists, this is the sort of thing I came up with:

My twitter friends in list space

What this approach does (sort of) is identify groups of people I follow that other people have grouped/curated onto particular lists. I suppose the next thing I need to do is compare the list based clusters with social relations clusters (i.e. the extent to which folk follow each other) to see if they turn up similar clusters…?

Author: Tony Hirst

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