WIth a bit of (Python) programming it is possible to create a graph with Gephi, that shows the relationships between people in your Twitter network, e.g. “who are those that you are following, following…?”
I started with the list of people I follow on Twitter, some 200+ of them, and parsed their latest 200 tweets for “mentions” for other twitter users. Each such mention creates a relationship between the ‘mentioner’ and the ‘mentioned’.
Each of the ‘mentioners’ as well as the ‘mentioned’ become a node in the graph. As soon as there’s a relationship (by ‘mentions’) between any of the nodes, Gephi draws an edge. Despite that I’ve filtered out most of the edges, you can see that there’s an awful lot of them in the graph above, we do indeed live in a very ‘connected world’.
The graph above illustrates the result: there’s about 12000 nodes, and 20000 edges in there, so I had to filter the graph for a display fitting into one single image.
It’s pretty amazing: starting with some 200+ nodes, you quickly end up with more than 10000 connections: of course, if you have, say, 100 friends, say on facebook, and each of them have 100 unique friends, that makes 10000 contacts in your second degree network… So, considering this,no wonder that the 200 + people I follow on Twitter result in 12000+ contacts….