The Facebook page Guardian went under an extraction process, only to come up with this fancy network. The fan page has the support of over 9,500 users, who help keep the page alive with their interactions in the form of likes, posts and comments. To analyze these group interactions and come up with a new level of thought, the graph visualization software called as ‘Gephi’ was used by Bernhard.
After about 80 posts from Guardian were compiled together, the graph was formulated with certain characteristics. The main, dark nodes were the posts made on the page, whereas the other parts were to be taken as the users. With the help of heat scales ranging from blue to yellow to red, the user’s interaction frequency over the group was determined.
The regular users are focused more towards the middle, as seen in the image. This means that their probability of interacting is higher, with multiple likes and comments, or even posts. On the other hand, the remaining users draw the interactions outwards, towards a less clustered zone.
As per results, it became obvious that there were many users who only had interaction through a single or very few social communication instances. This means that there’s the presence of a fleeting audience, and not the depiction of a stabilized group. The extraction tools being used in the on-going process are netvizz, and to be precise, the layout used for this concept is Force Atlas 2, which not only makes the functionality fast, but extremely customizable.