Blog as dynamic networks

From TekFlo, Cyber Map Blog Movies.  They have published some Quicktime movies based on links between blogs, particularly the mainstream blogosphere.  TekFlo have network analysis software from which they build these movies.  You can even play with a javascript demo if you want (click on a blog name to get a demo).

I talked about social network analysis in my KM class this evening, and the question came up around what you do with a static analysis of an organization.  Several students asked about what you do next, and I suggested that one could do follow-up analyses or even periodic analyses to show how a network morphs over time (hopefully in response to a change to a new desired state).  These movies take this to the extreme and show the linking behavior between a number of weblogs over the course of 40 days.  And the demos give you some controls.  Of the single-blog demos it is interesting to see the basic hub-and-spoke nature of the linking networks. 

Link via Bill Ives at Portals and KM.  His blog is highlighted in the 4th movie and on the demo page.  (Can I do an analysis of Knowledge Jolt?)

5 Comment(s)

Bill Ives said:

Jack - You can downlaod the software for free and use it to look at traffic on your blog or any other. I also fixed the links and Peter had just switched his web adddresses. Good luck and thanks for the interest. Bill

Valdis said:

Interesting. Yet, I must point out that it is important to remember what you are mapping.

Some things change frequently [conversations, blog links, project ties] while other things do not [business relationships, friendships, expertise]. So a 'static' map of working relationships in an organization is very useful, and yes we take follow-up snapshots. Just think of an x-ray or CAT scan -- same process, same use [what is going on inside where we cannot see?] Doctor looks, learns, does something, later looks again to see if progress is made.

Karen Stephenson did some interesting research many years ago where she showed that the social networks inside a a large firm were very stable -- more stabel than the hierarchy itrself! The organization went through several re-orgs [the formal/prescribed network changed] but the strong social/trust ties did not change that much -- they held steady from year to year. I still seek Jack out for advice on X no matter where he now works.

Peter Gloor said:

Jack,
At http://www.ickn.org you can watch movies of social networks evolving from e-mail archives. You can also download a full version of TeCFlow to create social network movies of your own e-mail archives .
Peter

jackvinson Author Profile Page said:

Valdis is correct, I should have been clearer. The movies are actually a map of the flow of conversation between the given websites. An x-ray of this interaction would look at the collective linking behavior to see how strong the connections are amongst the bloggers.

jackvinson Author Profile Page said:

And Bill points out that one can download and play with TekFlo's software from their old home at ickn.org, when it was called TeCFlow: TeCFlow Demo (requires MySQL and Java Virtual Machine).

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