Talk: IUNI Talk: Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL

Monday, Mar 28th 2016 at 2:00 PM
Indiana Memorial Union, Dogwood Room

Abstract: Networks are a data structure commonly found in any social media service that allows populations to author collections of connections. The Social Media Research Foundation's NodeXL project makes analysis of social media networks accessible to most users of the Excel spreadsheet application. With NodeXL, network charts become as easy to create as pie charts. Recent research created by applying the tool to a range of social media networks has already revealed the variations in network structures present in online social spaces. A review of the tool and images of Twitter, flickr, YouTube, Facebook and email networks will be presented.

This talk is sponsored by IUNI.

Bio: Marc Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group and lives and works in Silicon Valley, California. Smith co-founded and directs the Social Media Research Foundation (, a non-profit devoted to tools, data, and scholarship related to social media research.