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News and Updates from the Social Media Research Foundation - November 2016

Featured NodeXL Network

US Elections


Many Tweets will accompany the voters of the United States as they go to the polls to vote for a new president. Social media network maps and reports of the collections of connections that surround each of the candidates reveal the range of topics, attitudes and influential voices associated with each. Find insights into political social media use by visiting the NodeXL Graph Gallery for maps of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The Hillary network has a prominent "brand" cluster (G1) composed of isolates that mention the candidate without retweeting or replying.  In contrast the Donald network is largely focused on retweets of the candidate and surrogates in the form of a "broadcast" or audience.  In contrast, the Hillary map has more "density" suggesting the possible presence of "community". Click for deeper detail.

 NodeXL Pro Update:
Twitter Network Data Importers Expanded

The NodeXL Pro Twitter data importers have been improved.  When importing Twitter Search Network data, you can now find the following tweet metadata in the edges and vertices worksheets:

NodeXL adds Twiiter attributes to Search Importer 

The NodeXL Pro Twitter Users Network data importer now allows users to import up to 3,200 recent tweets for each username in your list. 

NodeXL Tweet of the Month


Featured NodeXL Publication

In: Social Media + Society: July-September 2016 vol. 2 no. 3

: As campaign discussions increasingly circulate within social media, it is important to understand the characteristics of these conversations. Specifically, we ask whether well-documented patterns of gendered bias against women candidates persist in socially networked political discussions. Theorizing power dynamics as relational, we use dialectic configurations between actors as independent variables determining network measures as outcomes. Our goal is to assess relational power granted to candidates through Twitter conversations about them and whether they change depending on the gender of their opponent. Based on more than a quarter of a million tweets about 50 candidates for state-wide offices during the 2014 US elections, results suggest that when a woman opposes a man, the conversation revolves around her, but she retains a smaller portion of rhetorical share. We find that gender affects network structure—women candidates are both more central and more replied to when they run against men. Despite the potential for social media to disrupt deeply rooted gender bias, our findings suggest that the structure of networked discussions about male and female candidates still results in a differential distribution of relational power.


NodeXL Maps Networks in the Ancient World

There and Back Again - the Crossroads II:
Proceedings of an International Conference Held in Prague, September 15-18, 2014

Socrates did not have a Facebook page
but he did have a social network.
See it mapped with NodeXL in the
proceedings of a recent history conference.

Many more publications that make use of NodeXL can be found 

Your NodeXL publications can be presented in our future Social Media Research Foundation newsletters, please contact us with details about your paper! 


Worth a look: NodeXL around the Web

Reading between the Links: Exploring Related Tags Networks from Flickr
by Shalin Hai-Jew

Why is Kim Kardashian hanging out with Émile Durkheim on Twitter?
by Christopher Till

Twitter Sentiment Analysis with NodeXL Pro
by Matt@sabrmattrics

Getting down and dirty with social media data and NodeXL
by Sarah Quimton

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Upcoming NodeXL Events

  • SocInfo 2016
    : A NodeXL workshop on social media network analysis for non-programmers will be held by Marc Smith at the 8th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2016) in Seattle, WA, on November 15, 2016.

  • Creative Entrepreneur 2016: Wasim Ahmed presents a practical workshop on gathering customer insights from social media using Social Network Analysis (SNA) with NodeXL and Twitter: November 23, 2016 at Salford Business School, Manchester, UK.
  • DISC 2016 and CeDEM Asia 2016: From December 7-10, 2016, this co-hosted event takes place in Daegu, South Korea. The 4th annual DISC conference brings together academics, industry, practitioners and policy-makers, as well as Marc Smith for a talk and workshop.
  • Social Media for Beginners Webinar: This webinar takes place on December 13, 2016, at 10 am (CT) and is hosted by Prof. Jeremy Harris Lipschultz, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Marc A. Smith from the Social Media Research Foundation.

Planned NodeXL events for 2017

  • We are planning a series of NodeXL Hands-on training in Europe in January 2017. Join us in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris for a one-day introduction to networks, social networks, social media networks, and more.  Interested in attending a European training session?  Contact us for details!


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