When I was asked to create a network sketch of my friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances, I was completely lost. I had to download a free community visualization software, Gephi, and had absolutely no background in using these types of softwares, so I was unsure how to go about this. I finally figured it out, and I am actually surprised about how interesting it is to see a sketch of your Facebook friends. These are my results:
I found that I have six groups of friends. I used colours to show the different groups and who they were. The clustered group to the right of the picture are friends I have had for a while. The teal colour group at the bottom left are my fellow classmates in the #SenecaSoMe program, which have no connections to my other friends. What I found interesting was that the group to the right were all connected in some way. The yellow-brown group represents my coworkers from my summer job. The blue group is my family – parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and family back home in Portugal. The purple group are my high-school friends and the group to the left of them (red/purple group) are my elementary school friends. Clearly there were numerous connections between those two groups due to the fact that most of my elementary classmates went to the same high-school as I did, since we reside in the same area. The green group are friends I met online, through my online community organization that has a presence on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. They also have connections with my family members. I like to look at them as my family as well!
My findings were really interesting to me. 38% of my friends were male and 62% were female. Using this software has taught me how to see the connections you have online and that’s a part of Social Media – CONNECTIONS!
Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life – Facebook