Gephi and making charts with Facebook data

13 03 2013

Last semester I signed up for a Social Network analysis course with coursera, which unfortunately I never had time to do. This semester, I have reenrolled and have been watching the lectures and starting to play with Gephi with my facebook data which has been fun.

I created this image of my  first visualization.

Gephi - My Facebook data

Gephi – My Facebook data

The big cluster or ‘connected components’ are mainly artists, writers, cultural workers and academics. The cluster up the top is all my Facebook friends based in Central Australia, mainly from Yuendumu. The smaller networks in the middle are friends from school, family and work. The colours refer to gender, green for male, blue for female and not defined is red. The size of the nodes represent the degrees of connection (the friend who has the most friends in common with me), which happened to be good friend  and writer Linda Carroli.

I also came across this link to an article discussing the top 20 data visualization tools which discusses some really cool looking tools and even the tried and true, like Excel.



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