Political tweeting network visualized with NodeXL and an animated gif (work-in-progress)

What you see here is the network of tweets between candidates in the 2010 campaign of general elections 2010. The visualization is a directed graph of tweets from candidates, aggregated at the party level. The animated image shows the outgoing and incoming relations (i.e.the tweets to and from, out- and in-degree of sorts) by party, starting with CDA (at 3 o’clock), then proceeding clockwise. The separate graphs were produced by NodeXL, then merged into a single animated gif. I decided to layout the nodes in a circle and not use any algorithm. All attempts to create more insight using these algorithms failed, so I opted for a simple layout.

All this is produced for a paper the be presented at the WAPOR conference in September. The next step will be to do the analysis at candidate level and extend the sample to the followers of the candidates. However, I am not confident NodeXL will be able to handle this. So, I’ll move to Pajek to do the analysis.


Tweet interactions of candidates in the 2010 general elections in the Netherlands




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Maurice Vergeer

I am Maurice Vergeer, working at Communication Science department of the Radboud University Nijmegen, in the Netherlands.