A design and policy proposal for improving the democratic quality of social media Marc Smith…
The United States State of the Union address this year was held Tuesday evening, 25 January 2011.
The event is a globally visible opportunity for the President of the United States to present the Administration’s vision for its agenda for the year to the people of the US and the world.
The hashtag #stateoftheunion was very active in Twitter.
The most between user, @keitholbermann, is highlighted. Two major clusters emerge, shown arbitrarily here as green and blue, and which are more clearly seen in the filtered graph below the list.
Summary network statistics:
Graph Type Directed
Unique Edges 8014
Edges With Duplicates 544
Total Edges 8558
Connected Components 306
Single-Vertex Connected Components 293
Maximum Vertices in a Connected Component 937
Maximum Edges in a Connected Component 8513
Maximum Geodesic Distance (Diameter) 9
Average Geodesic Distance 3.140191
Graph Density 0.00522786
The most “between” contributors in the network are:
When contributors with low “betweenness” are filtered out of the graph, two dominant clusters become easier to discern. To the left are supporters of the President and to the right are those critical of the Administration. A representative tweet from this cluster is highlighted.