Previous Entry | Next Entry

The Social Graph

Fascinating to play with Gephi to get this lovely image of the network of my Facebook friends:

(Click to embiggen)

Apart from the two outliers of recent Cambridge sabbaticals and friends from the 1980s International Astronomical Youth Camps, it's quite revealing of the gap between work and life, or business and pleasure. My Irish relatives are up at the top and my colleagues at my current employer (and my contacts in South Sudan) are as far away from them as possible.

Then there's a very telling gulf between a) sf fandom, and my educational peers (note how my grammar school friends divide into two cliques, basically the large group on the left are those who I was not as close to as the smaller group on the right); and b) my professional/political contacts, with Ulster politics loosely connected to schoolfriends, and Lib Dems loosely connected to Cambridge friends. Then we gradually work through degrees of foreignness and personal history - NDI, who I worked for 1997-98; ICG and other Balkan contacts, reflecting my 1999-2006 work; and finally my current job. There are a few geographical concentrations there as well, South Sudan (as already mentioned), Banja Luka (where we lived in 1997-98), the Turkish Cypriots with whom I was closely engaged in 2007-10.

This doesn't capture the full picture - there are obviously some nodes of connection between the various networks, and the links between fandom and the Lib Dems are more intense than appears here (as you would expect). But I'd better stop playing with it now, I am getting addicted...


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 13th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
clicking gives "Page not found".
Feb. 13th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
Already fixed.
Feb. 13th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Do I cluster with "Dip" or "SF Fandom" these days?
Feb. 13th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
You are the dot between the two! (Though coloured green for Dip.)
Feb. 13th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that was great fun to play with!
Feb. 13th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
I didn't know you had Clare connections!
Feb. 14th, 2012 04:08 am (UTC)
Matriculated 1986, BA 1989, MPhil 1991, MA 1993 (I think)!
Feb. 14th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
Matriculated 2010.
Feb. 16th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Semi-related, but you might find the top 3 posts in this blog (http://nickfurneaux.blogspot.com/) interesting. The blogger works in the field of crime and data visualisation.
Feb. 16th, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks - frustrating that his software of choice is available only to law enforcement personnel!
( 10 comments — Leave a comment )

Latest Month

April 2023



  • nwhyte
    25 Jan 2023, 13:24
    O tempora! O mores!
  • nwhyte
    24 Jan 2023, 10:34
    Hello! Your entry got to top-25 of the most popular entries in LiveJournal!
    Learn more about LiveJournal Ratings in FAQ.
  • nwhyte
    8 Dec 2022, 12:44
    UK mailboxes aren't waterproof?! That seems like an odd design.
  • nwhyte
    29 Oct 2022, 16:28
    Now I know that "psephologist" is a word.
  • nwhyte
    9 Sep 2022, 11:19
    That would make things less awkward.
Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by yoksel