Using Google Spreadsheet/Apps Script and Google Social Graph to get Twitter edges for visualizing in NodeXL and Gephi « MASHe One of the things I really liked about the network analysis and visualisation tool NodeXL which I wrote about last week was the built-in tools for grabbing data from Twitter. I said: The advantage of NodeXL, particularly for graphing Twitter communities, is it has built-in features for grabbing the data for you. Not only that the coding is clever enough to handle the data collection for mere mortals, so when you hit your rate limit NodeXL waits until it should be able to get more data. What I didn’t mention at the time was that it can take a long time to get complex network data (as in set it running overnight) and also I was having problems getting this to work. I haven’t looked closely at how NodeXL is generating the data but say for example I wanted to find out if the people I followed also followed each other.
I just created a new Twitter account, and it got me to thinking about all the data visualization I've seen for Twitter tweets. I felt like I'd seen a lot, and it turns out there are quite a few. Here they are grouped into four categories - network diagrams, maps, analytics, and abstract.
The other tool that I got wind of just after SocialBro was Network Overview, Discovery and Exploration for Excel - NodeXL. As indicated in the title NodeXL is an add-on for Microsoft Excel (Windows version) but the code is free and open source. Here’s the description from the website: For a while I’ve been admiring Tony Hirst’s work visualising large networks like Twitter communities using the open source and cross-platform tool Gephi. Tony has lots of great posts for getting you started with Gephi including Visualising Twitter Friend Connections Using Gephi: An Example Using the @WiredUK Friends Network. Twitter network analysis and visualisation II: NodeXL – Getting started with the @WiredUK friends network « MASHe
NodeXL is a free, open-source template for Microsoft® Excel® 2007, 2010 and (possibly) 2013 that makes it easy to explore network graphs. With NodeXL, you can enter a network edge list in a worksheet, click a button and see your graph, all in the familiar environment of the Excel window. Visit the NodeXL Graph Gallery to see the wide variety of graphs that have been created by the NodeXL community. What's New The latest release enhances NodeXL's Twitter Search Network feature by expanding the network to include all people who were replied to or mentioned by the people who tweeted the search term, but who didn't tweet the search term themselves. See the Complete NodeXL Release History for details.