February 23, 2007

VisualComplexity.com

VisualComplexity.com has a nice assortment of visualization of complex networks, including social networks. Visualization of social networks is an important endevour in summarization of data about social networks. Here is an excerpt from the website which describes the site.

VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web. I truly hope this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing research on this field.

The URL is as follows: http://www.visualcomplexity.com/

February 4, 2007

Pew Survey on Social Networking

I just came accross a recent survey report by the Pew Foundation on social networking. According to the report from ages 15 to 17, 70 percent of girls, had profiles on social networking sites and 57 percent of boys from the same age cohort. More than 85 % of the people were using MySpace and around 7% were using the Facebook for social networking.

The PDF version of the report is available at the following URL: http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_SNS_Data_Memo_Jan_2007.pdf

The First Post

Social Networks seem to have taken off in the last few years. The aim of this blog is to document developments in the analysis of social networks from a Computer Science Perspective. With the large scale proliferation of computers, it is now possible to construct large scale social networks over a widely distributed geographical region but the type of analysis which was not possible due to lack of computational resources is now also possible. Also the role of different social media as a substrate for social networks cannot be ignored. This blog will focus on both online and offline social networks and chronicle some of the developments in the field.