To see Mailana live map
Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote a piece called "The Inner Circles of 10 Geek Heros" using a tool developer Pete Warden's service Mailana. The tool is quite fascinating because it combines a light weight social network analysis (see this page to learn more about the methodology) of your twitter friends with search.
Marshall's post will shows the top five people I'm having conversations with on Twitter and who respond to me:
2. Amy Gahran, see Jeffrey Levy's list above. Gahran has a lot of conversation with a lot of awesome people.
3. Jonathon D. Colman does SEO for REI.
4. Beth Dunn is a consultant and MBA candidate.
5. Dr. Mani is an Indian entrepreneur and heart surgeon.
I don't understand by @ntenhross (Holly Ross, Director of NTEN) and @amyrsward (Netsquared community builder) aren't in my cloud. I think it's because they're not in the malina database, but you should follow them. There's lots of friends in my network that you explore. Here's a mosaic:
What's interesting to me is looking at my map and identifying sub-communities or spokes and hubs. They identify different nooks and crannies of my network. For example, I can clearly see the Aussies I met or connected with as part of my trip to teach there last year. (Those folks are:@silkcharm, @dnwallace, @edwardharran and @divabat). I can see in this inner circle at least 8 or 9 hubs.
Speaking of Austraila, I also met Gary P Hayes after I session I attended at the Sydney Writers Festival. He left a comment pointing to an excellent post called "Twitter Long Tail - Broadcastization & Pre-Twitter Reputation." The post is chocked fulled of statistical anaylsis answering this questions:
I can also click on a map of someone in my network, KDPaine, for example, and see who her inner circle is. I can also search by keyword and she who she talks to about that. For example, I searched KD Paine's map on the word "metrics" Presumbly, because these people are talking to KD Paine (and she is responding) and the tweets contain the word "metrics" - these might be people I'd want to connect with because I'm interested in this topic.
There's something just a little bit creepy about this. While we've opted to have all these conversations in public, the tools let people track more granular information about you - who you talk to and what you talk about it.
What's your takeaway from this tool? How would you use it? Do you think it raises some privacy and security concerns?