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Beth, this is fascinating! And I'm struck by the sudden realization that fragmentation of online activity can give us a comforting illusion of some privacy. (Perhaps "privacy" is not quite the word - rather, an illusion of relative anonymity?)

When "personal" information is collected and charted in this way, yes, it feels slightly creepy - even knowing that there's no information here that we haven't volunteered to share in a public forum. This post is a good reminder to give some thought to where the aggregation of social media data might be headed in the long term.

That said, it certainly seems like there should be some practical application for Mailana, beyond the insights into our own conversational circles and a new way to find like-minded folks. I'll need to think on that!


Excellent tool! I just heard about a very similar one called 'Social Collider' check this one out too: Social Collider Certainly - no where near as pretty...but they're addressing a similar space.


Great info Beth. I don't see you in my circle yet, I’ll have to work on that.

I'd agree that it's a bit scary that we are so 'out there' ... I guess I'd rather not think about that much :) and just make sure that what ever I'm putting 'out there' is not personally damaging.

It would be cool to see a Facebook app like this ... though I’d bet Facebook would need to build it.

My initial reaction to the graph was similar with respect to seeing the 'spokes' or mini networks of people in my network who are highly connected. It’s pretty cool to see. Now I need to figure out what to do with this new found information.

Joitske Hulsebosch

Hi Beth, do you also have the experience that you have much more intensive twitter contacts with people in your same timezone?

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