Emergent Social Interest Mapping – Red Bull Racing Facebook Group

With the possibility that my effectively unlimited Twitter API key will die at some point in the Spring with the Twitter API upgrade, I’m starting to look around for alternative sources of interest signal (aka getting ready to say “bye, bye, Twitter interest mapping”). And Facebook groups look like they may offer once possibility… Some … Continue reading “Emergent Social Interest Mapping – Red Bull Racing Facebook Group”

Scribbled Ideas for “Research” Around the OU Online Conference…

So it seems I missed a meeting earlier this week planning a research strategy around the OU’s online conference, which takes place in a couple of weeks or so… (sigh: another presentation to prepare…;-)… For what it’s worth, here are a few random thoughts about things I’ve done informally around confs before, or have considered … Continue reading “Scribbled Ideas for “Research” Around the OU Online Conference…”

Using Graphviz to Explore the Internal Link Structure of a WordPress Blog

In The Structure of OUseful.Info, I showed how it was possible to extract an autopingback graph from a WordPress blog (that is, the graph that shows which of the posts in a particular WordPress blog link to other posts in that blog), illustrating the post with a visualisation of linkage within OUseful.info generated using Gephi. … Continue reading “Using Graphviz to Explore the Internal Link Structure of a WordPress Blog”

Small World? A Snapshot of How My Twitter “Friends” Follow Each Other…

I’m now following about 500 or so people on Twitter, but to what extent are they following each other? Are there any noticeable subgroups in the folk I follow, by virtue of them being highly linked to each other in the friends and following stakes? Each of the nodes represents one of my Twitter friends … Continue reading “Small World? A Snapshot of How My Twitter “Friends” Follow Each Other…”

UK Journalists on Twitter

A post on the Guardian Datablog earlier today took a dataset collected by the Tweetminster folk and graphed the sorts of thing that journalists tweet about ( Journalists on Twitter: how do Britain’s news organisations tweet?). Tweetminster maintains separate lists of tweeting journalists for several different media groups, so it was easy to grab the … Continue reading “UK Journalists on Twitter”

Circles vs Community Detection

One take on the story so far: – Facebook supports symmetrical follows and allows you to see connections between your Facebook friends; – Twitter supports asymmetric follows and allows you to see pretty much everyones’ friend and follower connections; – Google+ supports asymmetric follows Facebook and Twitter both support lists but hardly anyone uses them. … Continue reading “Circles vs Community Detection”

A Tinkerer’s Toolbox…

A couple of days ago, I ran a sort of repeated, 3 hour, Digital Sandbox workshop session to students on the Goldsmiths’ MA/MSc in Creating Social Media (thanks to @danmcquillan for the invite and the #castlondon students for being so tolerant and engaged ;-) I guess the main theme was how messy tinkering can be, … Continue reading “A Tinkerer’s Toolbox…”

Journalist Filters on Twitter – The Reuters View

It seems that Reuters has a new product out – Reuters Social Pulse. As well as highlighting “the stories being talked about by the newsmakers we follow”, there is an area highlighting “the Reuters & Klout 50 where we rank America’s most social CEOs.” Of note here is that this list is ordered by Klout … Continue reading “Journalist Filters on Twitter – The Reuters View”

Is Twitter Starting to Make a Grab for the Interest Graph?

Over the last couple of years, I’ve dabbled with mapping parts of the interest graph defined by friends and follower relationships on Twitter. But with a couple of recent Twitter announcements, I’m starting to wonder if my ability to continue producing such maps will, to all and intents and purposes, soon be curtailed? Here’s the … Continue reading “Is Twitter Starting to Make a Grab for the Interest Graph?”

ILI2012 Workshop Prep – Appropriating IT: innovative uses of emerging technologies

Given that workshops at ILI2012 last a day (10 till 5), I thought I’d better start prepping the workshop I’m delivering with Martin Hawksey at this year’s Internat Librarian International early… W2 – Appropriating IT: innovative uses of emerging technologies: Are you concerned that you are not maximising the potential of the many tools available … Continue reading “ILI2012 Workshop Prep – Appropriating IT: innovative uses of emerging technologies”