Facebook group support for NodeXL

Mar 4, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I'm looking for assistance to use NodeXL to import a Facebook group for a thesis project. I might even have a (small) budget. :-)

Mar 4, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Are you seeking technical information on how such an import scheme could be implemented?  If so, I can provide some general guidelines, but I'm not sure what you're asking for.

-- Tony

Mar 4, 2010 at 8:38 PM

I'm not a coder, so if I can find someone to do the implementation, that would be great.

Mar 5, 2010 at 4:23 PM
Edited Mar 5, 2010 at 4:24 PM

This blog post may be useful:


My colleague at the Oxford Internet InstituteBernie Hogan, is working on tools that collect personal Facebook network data and visualize the connections among your friends.

Here is an example: http://twitpic.com/9rvfq

2009 - September - Bernie Hogan - Facebook Network Visualization

It provides a good illustration of the ways a person’s social network is clumped into clusters built around life phases, workplaces, educational institutions, teams and locations.  As people move through more of these stages of life during the Facebook era (and often before) they accumulate these clusters.

Facebook or other contacts and friend management systems might want to leverage this clustering to organize the presentation of contact information streams.

Bernie just announced on the SOCNET list that he has updated his script for downloading your Facebook network to GUESS or UCInet file formats.


1. Its faster. (Presently orders of magnitude faster than Nexus, Touchgraph or ORA).
2. It gives nice feedback during the download.
3. It has less bugs!
4. It gives you the output as a file you can right-click and save rather than copy-paste.
5. IDs are names.”

Bernie writes that phase two of his project is underway.  You can see Bernie’s page describing phase two at the following link:http://mysocnet.oii.ox.ac.uk/fb/namegen4preview.php

Bernie is planning a January 2010 release, and plans to demo at the Sunbelt social network analysis conference in Italy in 2010.

Mar 6, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Thanks, that's an excellent pointer!