TweetWheel: visualise your followerbase’s cohesion

My TweetWheelI was actually looking for different ways of visualising social networks when I stumbled upon TweetWheel. Contrary to most network graphers, it does not render an ordinary “classic” graph of your friends. Instead, it draws all your followers in a circle, connecting by coloured lines all the connections between them. The result is a ball of twine of your network’s cohesion: the tighter your followers are connected to each other, the more lines. Nice to see who knows who :)

5 Responses to “TweetWheel: visualise your followerbase’s cohesion”

  1. Alexander Vos de Wael says:

    So what’s a good network?

    E.g. you could theorize that densely interconnected networks build mutual trust, because of group repercussions. The disadvantage is that when your friends all know each other, your total ‘reach’ through your network is limited. If you have a loosely interconnected network, with friends in many different social groups, your total access to ‘friends of friends’ is much improved.

    You could argue building both tightly-knit friend networks and more loosely coupled ‘access’ networks, but there are only so many relationships one can maintain…

  2. Michel says:

    Well, as long as it’s only Twitter, I don’t think it really matters.

    If you’re a businessperson on a business network, you’ll probably want your network as big as possible, but for communication among friends, I think it’s good to have some overlap :)

  3. Geth says:

    Before making new friends, I always google them first to see if their networks overlap too much with mine. If so, I decide just to pass on a possible friendship, of course ;)

  4. Alexander Vos de Wael says:

    As joking as Geth’s suggestion may be, for some entrepreneurs maintaining a loosely coupled network is a way to create a lot of value for their contacts (and themselves naturally).

    Network theory and its application has been pretty hot in business the last ten years. The UT offers an interesting course on it: Business Development in the Network Perspective.