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News & updates from the Social Media Research Foundation - 2022 - 2

Featured NodeXL Network: #TwitterTakeover

The hashtag #TwitterTakeover trended immediately after the announcement of the Twitter board to accept Elon Musk's offer to buy the platform on April 25, 2022. The NodeXL Graph Gallery report can be found here and the corresponding NodeXL Pro INSIGHTS report here.

Twitter is a relatively small social media platform in terms of total users, but it has influence far beyond its population size.  The recent pending purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk highlights the significant role Twitter plays in the social media and cultural ecosystem.  Musk states his plans to make Twitter a more open and accepting platform - which may also mean a roll back of moderation features in the name of equal access to the "public square".  While Twitter is a widely used place where public opinion is often formed, it is clearly not the same as a public square.  In the United States the constitutional first amendment right to free speech is exclusively a protection from Government regulation of speech, not a guarantee that all speech will be heard, particularly in private or commercial spaces.  Almost ten years ago, this blog post highlighted the fact that "Virtual Public Spaces are not Public Spaces: Or, studying the social life of shopping malls".  We may not like the fact that we do a lot of our "public" behavior in private commercial spaces, but the reality under US law is that these are spaces that do not have an obligation to enable the speech of all users.  

Musk has repeatedly conflated "free speech" and the US First Amendment and the policies of social media platforms in ways that suggest that people have an obligation to be exposed to ideas they disagree with.  In contrast, we have previously argued for better tools on social media platforms to filter and screen out unwanted and harmful forms of information.  We have argued that there are ways for users to choose for themselves which other users they want to grant the powers to filter their own information feeds.  Unfiltered information may sound attractive, but should sound as appetizing as unfiltered water.  The question is who should do the filtering?

Social media may contain the promise that all may speak, it does not guarantee that all should be heard.  The absence of moderation tools may seem attractive when they are held exclusively by the platforms themselves.  But the absence of filters has many harmful effects.  In fact, almost every living thing on earth has a way to filter the world around it via a membrane.  In our latest blog post, we write "In praise of filter membranes" - and suggest that social and technical solutions that support each individual's right to avoid some kinds of speech are as respected as other's rights to express themselves.

NodeXL Summer School 2022

The Social Media Research Foundation’s Summer School is an intensive 5-day online event around social media research and social network analysis using NodeXL

Join us for expert talks, tutorials and one-on-one sessions with our instructors from Team NodeXL. Learn tips and tricks to collect, analyze, visualize, report and present insights into social media networks with no previous knowledge required

Gain network knowledge to boost your research project with network data and network insights. Many previous students have gone on to publish studies in international peer-reviewed journal articles and conferences around the world. 

If you can make a pie chart, you can now make a network chart!

The event ticket includes access to all sessions (video-recorded), a 60-day NodeXL Pro user license and two one-on-one meetings with our instructors. Attendees will also receive a digital certificate of attendance.

Event schedule:

Starting time each day is at 2 pm GMT. The sessions end around 6:00-6:30 pm GMT.

Day 1: August-01-2022: Introduction to social media research, networks and NodeXL

Day 2: August-02-2022: All about Twitter - Analyze, visualize and understand Twitter networks

Day 3: August-03-2022: Tutorials: NodeXL, Gephi and more

Day 4: August-04-2022: 1-on-1 sessions to discuss your project

Day 5: August-05-2022: Presentation Day: Learn how to write a paper / project presentations / discussion

Sign up for this event via Eventbrite. More information on the NodeXL Academy Winter School 2022 and a detailed schedule will be released four weeks prior to the event.

More NodeXL Events

NodeXL Academy – May 20, 2022: Introduction to NodeXL - social media network analysis with a few clicks (4h) with Dr Wasim Ahmed, Harald Meier and Dr. Marc Smith via Zoom.

NodeXL Academy – March 28, 2022: KOREAN Introduction to NodeXL social media network analysis with Dr. Marc Smith and Prof. Han Woo Park via Zoom.

SMSociety'22 - 12th International Conference on Social Media & Society  - July 18th, 2022: Tutorial: Introduction to networks, social networks, and social media networks through the use of the NodeXL Pro and INSIGHTS applications with Dr. Wasim Ahmed and Dr. Marc Smith.

Machine Learning Week June 23, 2022 in Las Vegas: Workshop – Big Data: The Leading Ways to Improve Business with Data Science with Dr. Marc Smith and Dr. Vladimir Barash.

Request a NodeXL talk at your next event!

Networks are a topic of interest in many universities, organizations, agencies and businesses. Learn how to “Think Link” and gain insights into connected structures.
Request a talk, lecture, workshop, or training series to help your organization “Think Link”.

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Featured NodeXL Publications

Characterizing Twitter Influencers in Radiation Oncology

by Luca F. Valle, Fang-I Chu, Marc Smith, Chenyang Wang, Percy Lee, Drew Moghanaki, Fumiko L. Chino,  Michael L. Steinberg, Ann C. Raldow

A Social Network Analysis of Twitter Data Related to Blood Clots and Vaccines

by Wasim Ahmed, Josep Vidal-Alaball and Josep M. Vilaseca

Application of Social Network Analysis to Visualization and Description of Industrial Clusters: A Case of the Textile Industry

by  Marina Y. Sheresheva, Lilia A. Valitova, Elena R. Sharko and Ekaterina V. Buzulukova

Social Network Comparison of Netflix, Disney+, and OCN on Twitter Using NodeXL

by Soochang Lee, Keuntae Song, Woojin Bae and Joohyung Choi

Analysis of Trends for Weapon System Accidents Using Social Network Analysis (Korean)

by Eonbi Kang, Sanghyun Park, Kiseok Kwon and Jeonghwan Jeon


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Your NodeXL publications can be presented in our future Social Media Research Foundation newsletters. Please contact us with details about your papers and publications!

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Contact us for a remote session to optimize your NodeXL network map(s) for your publication.

NodeXL Pro Data Recipes

Team NodeXL has updated the data recipes for multiple platforms: Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia, Flickr. Download the latest recipe bundle from this page and learn about NodeXL Task Automation - the most powerful feature of NodeXL Pro.

Teaching with NodeXL?

Request a remote Q&A with a member of the NodeXL Team.

Classes have mostly become virtual around the world, making a remote lectures even more attractive!  If you are teaching with NodeXL you may want to have a look at the Teaching Resources pages on the SMRFoundation website.

You can also contact us at to schedule remote talks and Q&A sessions with virtual classes.

Featured NodeXL Videos

NodeXL Pro Quick Start Guide

The Official NodeXL Book

Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: 
Insights from a Connected World (2nd edition)

We proudly present the second edition of our book Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a Connected World. The book has been published by Elsevier is available since June 19th, 2019.  This edition updates many of the changes in the NodeXL application since the publication of the first edition (in 2010!).  Learn how to use Automation, Time Series, Word and Word Pair analysis, and how to collect data from Wikis, Twitter, and YouTube!

NodeXL Pro Tutorials

Learn advanced features of NodeXL Pro with these step-by-step tutorials:

Nuevo tutorial en español: Redes Semánticas con NodeXL

Este tutorial muestra los pasos para generar una red semántica mediante el uso de la función de análisis de texto de NodeXL Pro, que se puede aplicar a cualquier columna que contenga texto en las hojas de cálculo de un libro de trabajo NodeXL. (pdf)

Nuevo tutorial en español: Redes semánticas con NodeXL Pro a partir de transcripciones de entrevistas cualitativas

Este tutorial muestra cómo generar redes semánticas a partir de archivos de transcripciones de entrevistas cualitativas mediante la herramienta de NodeXL Pro. (pdf)

Exploring YouTube Video Recommendation Networks - Visit this page.

How to Automate NodeXL Pro - Download as pdf file and watch this video.

Social network and content analysis with Twitter network data – step by step - Download as pdf file.

Working with Twitter User lists - Visit this page.

Semantic Networks – Create networks with words, hashtags or video tags - Visit this page.


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