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Published on Jun 18, 2012
MARC A. SMITH Marc Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group and lives and works in Silicon Valley, California. He co-founded the Social Media Research Foundation, a non-profit devoted to open tools, data, and scholarship related to social media research. Dr. Smith is a Media X Distinguished Visiting Scholar.
Charting Collections of Connections with Maps and Measures April 18, 2012 We live in a sea of tweets, posts, blogs, and updates coming from a significant fraction of the people in the connected world. Our personal and professional relationships are now made up as much of texts, emails, phone calls, photos, videos, documents, slides, and game play as by face-to-face interactions. Networks are a data structure common found across all social media services that link collections of connections. Using key concepts from the social sciences, the social media swarm of favorites, comments, tags, likes, ratings, and links can be brought into clearer focus to reveal key people, topics and sub-communities. Machine-readable data sets provide new insights and illustrations of networks of human relationships.