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The usable social network? Considerations for dealing with interactive personal networks

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Social networks have long been associated with visualization. Lin Freeman refers to it as one of the key pillars of social network analysis and familiar sociograms are a regular part of presentations and papers. However, many of these diagrams remain confusing artifacts and merely show basic facts rather than deep insights. They are also much easier for experts to read than everyday people. This is changing with the advent of browser-based toolkits and APIs for social media. Now, it is possible to visualize and interact with networks that are personally meaningful. This presentation will give an overview of the history, design and uses of interactive and participant-driven networks as well as introduce “”, a new website created by the author to make personal networks interactive and meaningful. I will discuss some of the key decisions about layout, coloring, design and interactivity that emerge from extensive pre-tests and a history of research in this field. I will also give an overview of social media network capture from basics to programming approaches, focusing on Facebook and Twitter.

Bio: Bernie Hogan is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute. His methodological work focuses on how to create and represent meaningful social networks for individuals and organisations as well as how to better understand an individual’s perception of their audience on social media. He is published on network visualisation in numerous peer reviewed journals across disciplines such as Field Methods, Social Networks, Environment and Planning B, Energy Policy, Journal of Social Structure and Data Engineering Bulletin.

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