Apr 6, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Edited Apr 6, 2013 at 12:54 AM
I can explain the Relationship types in the NodeXL search network. I know it can be pretty confusing.
First, the people in the network are those who have tweeted the search term you entered. If you specify "NodeXL," for example, then NodeXL will ask Twitter for all recent tweets that contain "NodeXL." It will create one (and only one) vertex
for each tweeter in that set of tweets, and then analyze the text of the tweets to determine the relationships among the tweeters.
If a tweet starts with the name of someone else in the network, which means that the tweet is a reply to that person, then a "Replies to" edge is created between the tweeter and the replied-to. Here is an example of that:
@zacklangway Identify key people in the NodeXL SNA map, be sure to connect with them
If a tweet includes (but doesn't start with) the name of someone in the network, then a "Mentions" edge is created. Example:
Let's talk about NodeXL with @marc_smith
Otherwise, a "Tweet" edge is created. That's shorthand for "this tweet contains the search term, but it wasn't a Replies-to or Mentions." Example:
Created NodeXL graphs today.
Note that a Replies-to or Mentions edge is created only if the replied-to or mentioned person also tweeted the search term. The following tweet is a reply, but no Replies-to edge is created because johndoe did not tweet "NodeXL" and so he is not part
of the network.
@johndoe See NodeXL graph at http://t.co/kejucyHJ