News & updates from the Social Media Research Foundation - 3 - 2020

Happy holidays & best wishes for a brighter & better 2021
Earthrise (NASA, 1968)

2020 has been a challenge for many people. Dominated by stories of pandemic, political conflict, and disinformation, 2020 was also a year of scientific breakthrough, renewed hope, and clarity.

Our users mapped many new topics this year, words that may not have made any sense a year ago: COVID, CORONA, NCOV, #FlattenTheCurve, Tier4 and others!

The concepts and methods of networks (and the flow of information and pathogens through them) have become more important than ever.  We are delighted to see the growing number of papers and publications that have made use of NodeXL to bring a complex and interconnected world into clearer focus.  We remain committed to building tools that enable deeper understanding of the collections of connections that define our lives.

While we must remain physically distant, we can remain socially connected! We wish you and yours a healthy and prosperous new year.  

NodeXL Pro INSIGHTS - powered by Microsoft Power BI

A new way to see the data generated by NodeXL! NodeXL Pro INSIGHTS offers a powerful new way to present Twitter network data created with NodeXL.  

NodeXL Pro INSIGHTS is the Influencer Network Social Identification (For) Groups Hashtags Time series (And) Sentiment!

NodeXL Pro INSIGHTS builds on the Microsoft Power BI platform and is now available for Students, Academics and Commercial Users.

NodeXL Pro INSIGHTS is a Microsoft Power BI report template that creates interactive and shareable network reports from the data in NodeXL Pro Twitter datasets. A NodeXL Pro INSIGHTS report makes use of many different data visualizations - from simple tables to hashtag clouds, from image grids to scatter plots.

This interactive view of NodeXL Twitter network data makes it easy to pivot around all the dimensions of social media datasets: Tweets, users, groups, hashtags, URLs, media, sentiment, space and time. Click here to view a full sample report online (optimized for web browsers Chrome and Edge).

NodeXL Pro INSIGHTS simplifies the process of displaying NodeXL data sets and highlighting the insights within them while expanding the range of devices that can be used to richly interact with data visualizations. Almost any web browser can display NodeXL Pro INSIGHTS reports to highlight changes over time, the geographic distribution of participants, the most influential users, the sentiment of the tweets, and quickly create side by side comparisons of two different sub populations.

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 has 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 INSIGHTS?
Contact us for details!

Sample NodeXL Pro INSIGHTS report pages
January 18, 2021: Remote Training for NodeXL Pro

Join us (remotely) for NodeXL Pro training on January 18th at 1pm UTC.

Learn to collect, analyze, visualize, and report on collections of social media connections.  Create a map of a hashtag, topic, or username.  Leverage the power of NodeXL Automation to make a series of maps and reports over time.

All levels of user are welcome.  Break out rooms for new comers and advanced users will ensure you get the right level of answers! 

All students will receive a trial license for NodeXL Pro.

Featured NodeXL Tweet

A great thread of tweets explaining NodeXL in Spanish is available from Hernan Gil Ramirez.  In more than 28 tweets, Prof. Ramirez provides a step-by-step guide to performing your first analysis in NodeXL!

Updated 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.

NodeXL Pro Cloud Edition

For users of Macs, Tablets, and older Windows machines, NodeXL Pro Cloud Edition provides a complete package ready to use in almost any web browser.  Click a URL to get a fully installed copy of NodeXL, Office, and Windows ready to run queries and analysis.  Easily deploy a virtual classroom with a few clicks with a collection of NodeXL Pro Cloud Edition licensees. 

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 Publications

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

Intensive WOM-behavior in the healthcare sector–the case of an Austrian hospital’s Facebooksite
by Sebastian Martin and Birgit Grüb

Communication Network Analysis #INA_CoronaVirusAlertOn Twitter
by Dewi Kartika Sari and Nur Aji Wibowo

Graph analysis and visualization techniques in Psychology: using NodeXL
by Maély Ferreira Holanda Ramos, Fernando Augusto Ramos Pontes, Simone Souza da Costa Silva and Erika Cristina de Carvalho Silva Pereira

Reading the urban socio-spatial network through space syntax and geo-tagged Twitter data
by Aminreza Iranmanesh

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

Share your NodeXL Publications

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

Work in progress? Need help with your NodeXL network map?

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

Featured NodeXL Videos
YouTube Video NodeXL Bundestag
YouTube Video NodeXL Bundestag

YouTube Video: INSNA Sunbelt 2020 Presentation - Bundestag Network Analysis with NodeXL Pro

YouTube Video: The new normal for learning, health, and misinformation

Upcoming NodeXL Events

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

November 2-3, 2020: SciCAR20 - Where science meets computer assisted reporting: Social Network analysis and data journalism by Harald Meier

November 6, 2020: Mining Social Media Event : Nottingham University Graduate School: Introduction to NodeXL by Dr. Wasim Ahmed

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”.

The Official NodeXL Book

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

The official NodeXL book

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:

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.


Send an email to

Follow us:

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Youtube Vimeo
Modify your subscription    |    View online
Social Media Research Foundation

Copyright 2020