THATCamps are quite popular. I’m throwing one myself. But who are the people talking about them on Twitter? What does the THATCamp look like on the Twitterverse?
I used NodeXL to retrieve the data – a search for tweets, people, and the links between them. I then visualized the data in Gephi, where colour = community (per Gephi’s modularity routine) and sized the nodes (individual Twitterers) using Pagerank, on the premise that this was a directed graph and one should follow the links (although there was little difference with Betweeness Centrality. Major players are still major, either way).
I found 233 individuals, linked together by 4435 edges. Some general stats on this directed network:
|Top 10 Vertices, Ranked by Betweenness Centrality||Betweenness Centrality|
|Top Replied-To in Entire Graph||Entire Graph Count|
|Top Mentioned in Entire Graph||Entire Graph Count|
|Top URLs in Tweet in Entire Graph||Entire Graph Count|
|Top Hashtags in Tweet in Entire Graph||Entire Graph Count|
And now the visualization. You can download the zoomable pdf here.
As I look at the modularity in this graph, at first blush, you can see quite a North America / European divide, with various satellite outposts. This could be of course because there’s a THATCamp Paris coming down the pipe (lots of French in the tweets).
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This is great and has sparked an idea for me while I’m still in the process of putting together this new research proposal I came to talk to you about. I’m thinking I can search for hashtags popular in the gender-based violence movement (#VAW instantly comes to mind as an example) and then get a quick visualization of some of the major players in the movement. Thanks Shawn! My project has developed enormously since I spoke with you last. I’m hoping to come to THATCamp although it is the weekend before this application is due so I haven’t signed up yet just in case I am still just as crazy busy as I am now.
Hope all is well!
I’m glad your project is progressing, and that this visualization is helpful. Please do sign up for THATCamp. It costs nothing and might make a nice break from writing the application :)
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