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News & updates from the Social Media Research Foundation - 1 - 2020

Featured NodeXL Network

The spread of the Corona virus has led to a rapid increase in the spread of conspiracy theories in social media. Studies of misinformation and disinformation in social media can be facilitated by using NodeXL.

Our featured network shows the discussions around the search term "conspiracy theory" OR "conspiracy theories".

Click here for the full network report in NodeXL Graph Gallery.

Update: NodeXL Pro - Power BI Edition

In our last newsletter we announced that Team NodeXL is working on a new update that integrates NodeXL Twitter social media network data sets with Microsoft Power BI. We would like to inform you that the prototype is finished and we are getting much closer to the release in August 2020. Stay tuned!

Power BI is an application that builds on Excel data and SQL databases to deliver interactive data visualization and analysis to the desktop and the web.  The Microsoft Power BI Desktop application is free for all users.  The Power BI Pro web service does charge a modest monthly fee (USD $9) for additional features (many universities and large corporations may already have access to Power BI Pro - check with your IT support!).

Interested in NodeXL Pro Power BI Edition?
Contact us for details!

Coming soon:
NodeXL Pro YouTube Importer Improvements

NodeXL Pro has improved access to the YouTube API and more updates and tutorials are coming soon.

NodeXL can now create YouTube networks built from Comments and Replies along with Videos linked to others by the YouTube recommendation engine.  Analysis of these networks will now be easy to perform via NodeXL.

Using these features we hope researchers will gain deeper insight into the ways videos form communities that shape people's perceptions and beliefs.

Featured NodeXL Tweet


Featured NodeXL Publications

COVID-19 and the 5G Conspiracy Theory: Social Network Analysis of Twitter Data
Wasim Ahmed, Josep Vidal-Alaball, Joseph Downing and Francesc López Seguí

Conversations and Medical News Frames on Twitter: Infodemiological Study on COVID-19 in South Korea Trends analysis
Han Woo Park, Sejung Park and Miyoung Chong

Intellectual roots of distance education: a progressive knowledge domain analysis
Aras Bozkurt

Athens as a Small World
Diane Harris Cline

Analyzing Social Media Network For Students In Presidential Election 2019 With NODEXL
Irwan Dwi Arianto

Exploring the hidden patterns of cyberbullying on social media
Swaranjit Singha, Vivek Thaparb, Sachin Baggac

How Covid-19 led to a #Rentstrike and what it can teach us about online organizing
Margherita Massarenti

Many more publications that make use of NodeXL
can be found here.

Your NodeXL publications can be presented in our future Social Media Research Foundation newsletters.

Please contact us with details about your papers and publications!

NodeXL Pro Data Recipe for Tumblr

NodeXL Pro users interested in analyzing Tumblr tag networks collected with the DMI TumblrTool can use the data recipe at the bottom of this page to get a network map like this one:

Tumblr Network

Just import the gdf file generated by the tool, then import the recipe onto NodeXL and click "Graph > Automate > Run".

New: NodeXL Monthly Chat

Over the past months we have established regular virtual meetings in which NodeXL users can learn about new features and ask questions.

Every first week of the month we host two sessions - one for users in the Pacific-Asia region on Tuesdays at 7 pm PST and one for users in Europe and America on Thursdays at 9 am PST.

You can sign up for the chat by sending an email to
and you will receive a link to join the chat via Microsoft Teams.

NodeXL Pro Tutorials

Learn advanced features of NodeXL with these new step-by-step tutorials!

Twitter User Networks - Working with Twitter User lists

Semantic Networks - Create networks with words, hashtags or video tags

Upcoming NodeXL Events

Join us for talks and workshops on networks, social networks, social media networks, and more.

  • Virtual event: July 13-17, 2020: INSNA SunbeltMonday, July 13: 2:30 PM US West (11:30 PM Paris): Marc Smith and Harald Meier: Analyzing collections of annotated connections: automated text analysis at the edge, vertex, group and graph resolutions with NodeXL
    Tuesday, July 14: 9:10 AM US West (6:10 PM Paris): Harald Meier: A framework for mapping political networks using the tweets from members of a national legislature


  • August 6-9, 2020: AEJMC San Francisco, California

    Sunday, August 9, 9:15 to 10:45 a.m.
    Cultural and Critical Studies and Political Communication Divisions
    Research Panel Session

    From Silicon Valley Virtual Communities to Trump Twitter Networks:
    Political Social Networks Visualized

    Jeremy Harris Lipschultz, Nebraska at Omaha

    Marc A. Smith, Social Media Research Foundation (NodeXL)
    Regina Luttrell, Syracuse
    Itai Himelboim, Georgia
    Adrienne Wallace, Grand Valley State
    Amanda Weed, Kennesaw State

    This interdisciplinary panel explores three decades of work understanding the political power of social networks.  The participants in this panel will share their research on virtual communities, social networks, network clustering, and community activism.



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

NodeXL book - 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!

Contact to request a book discount code!

Know how to automate NodeXL?

NodeXL is the easiest way to get insights into a connected structure.  If you can make a pie chart you can now make a network chart.  Learn more about the ways NodeXL Pro can automate your network analysis to generate reports and insights with just a few clicks.  See the video or take a look at the Tutorial on Automating NodeXL Pro!

Automate NodeXL Pro

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.

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