Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fun With Social Network Theory

What better way to dive into social network theory than to apply it on our very own network: the ITEC656 class blogs.

If the nodes in this network are the blogs of the class participants, what sort of network are we dealing with? Is it ego-centric? Socio-centric? Open-system?

Well, depending on the types of connections we are interested in, it could actually be described as any of these. Ego-centric networks are connected by a single node or individual. In the case of the ITEC656 blogs, they are all connected by Prof. Melander.

We could also classify our blogs as a socio-centric, or closed system network, because we are all students in the same class. Finally, since we are publishing content alongside of every other blogger out there on the web, we could also be considered nodes in that massive and amorphous network, "the blogosphere", an open-system network.

As the class goes on and we link to and comment on one another's blogs for the class, I'd love to see a map of how that network develops. Does anyone know of any good software for this purpose?

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