The Social Hinterland Around the #FOTE11 Hashtaggers

Deep breath… ready..? The following is representation of notable people who are followed by people who follow recent users of the #fote11 hashtag.

It's complicated... but it sort of relates to #fote11

The method: grab 500 recent tweets incorporating the #fote11 hashtag; identify the unique twitter users who sent those tweets; for each of those users, take a random sample of 50 of their followers to build up a sample of the socially connected audience around the #fote11 tag and reduce that sampled list to folk who follow 2 or more of the hashtaggers. Now grab all the friends of those people to give a network that links sampled followers of hashtag users to the people those sampled users follow. Reduce this graph to only show folk who are followed by 20 or more of the sampled followers of the hashtag users. And that’s what’s shown above… (Nodes sized according to eigenvector centrality.)

What I think it shows is a snapshot of who’s notable amongst the people who are following at least two of the #fote11 hashtaggers. What I really need to do is find a way of colouring the nodes to distinguish between folk who used the hashtag and those who don’t… But I don’t have time to tweak my code to do that right now:-(

That is all…

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...