A gallery of personal networks from Facebook

In an earlier post I described how you could create a visualization of your personal network on Facebook.  Besides being neat, the structure of these visualizations can help students see that  pre-Facebook sociological theories can predict the structure of their personal networks on Facebook; Feld’s theory about social foci is one that many students find to be quite effective.

To give you some sense of what these visualizations look like, here are a few that were donated by my students.

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2 thoughts on “A gallery of personal networks from Facebook

  1. […] In my course about social networks, one of the first assignments asks each student to make a visualization of their personal network on Facebook.  Even though all the students are different, there is remarkable similarity in the structure of their personal networks.  It is even more amazing that many of these patterns are predicted by pre-Facebook sociological research, such as Scott Feld’s excellent 1981 paper on social foci.  Here are some examples of the students’ personal networks. […]

  2. […] In my course about social networks, one of the first assignments asks each student to make a visualization of their personal network on Facebook.  Even though all the students are different, there is remarkable similarity in the structure of their personal networks.  It is even more amazing that many of these patterns are predicted by pre-Facebook sociological research, such as Scott Feld’s excellent 1981 paper on social foci.  Here are some examples of the students’ personal networks. […]

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