Last year I mapped the social network impact of TEDxBrum. My work in this area has advanced with various private mapping projects as well as public ones such as the Birmingham Food Scene Map, so I thought it was worth re-visiting TEDxBrum, particularly as the theme this year is maps.
So, here’s what I call a “Twitter Map Portrait” of @TEDxBrum. It shows the interconnections between followers of @TEDxBrum and also allocates them into “communities” based on who else they follow.
We can see that TEDxBrum’s followers break down into several different communities, lets have a closer look and see if we can figure out what they represent. Comments on this are most welcome, particularly if you identify communities or themes I’ve not spotted, or if you disagree with my categories.
Yellow – “TEDx, and Outside Brum” Communities
Let start with the section of the Yellow Group at the top left:
As we can see, there is a distinct TEDx… community at the top left. Accounts here follow each other, but don’t follow other Birmingham based accounts.
The rest of the Yellow Group is a bit of a catch all, consisting of accounts who also follow celebrities and big name accounts. That isn’t to say it’s their only interest, just that it’s what they have in common. There may be other communities lurking here which I haven’t spotted. If you have any other theories about this group, please leave a comment!
Blue – “Technology and Innovation” Group
Magenta – “Birmingham Business, Food and City” Group
Red – “Arts” Group
Green – “Politics, Social Media, Social Conscience” Group
TEDxBrum has a wide network, focussed on Birmingham, with representation from a number of key areas. It would be interesting to identify local communities that haven’t plugged in to TEDxBrum yet, for example, is there a local medical community on Twitter?
I’d be very interested to hear your comments on the groups identified and any other aspects, either via twitter @AndyPryke (follow me for more similar investigations) or in the comments section below. A Birmingham Music Scene and Arts Scene map are currently planned, I’d be interested in your ideas for future maps, and, of course, I’m available for commercial work in the area too (which comes with a lot more detail) and I’m happy to chat about any type of data, analysis or visualisation.
Look forward to seeing you at TEDxBrum on the 8th of June!
You are welcome to reproduce these images as long as you reference either @AndyPryke or include a link to this blog post. I’d love to hear if you do. Mapping Birmingham’s Food Scene by Andy Pryke is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
- R – Excellent language for data mining, analysis and visualisation. Been using it since 2003 and it keeps getting better. Also the twitteR package by Jeff Gentry and igraph package by Gábor Csárdi
- XChange PDF Viewer – Very useful PDF viewer, allows annotations and easy to snapshot enlarged PDFs.
- Irfanview – Lightweight image viewer / editor with enough features for almost all my image editing
- Tony Hirst (@psychemedia) – The doyen of Twitter visualisation, whose tutorials have been very useful to me.