Facebook tutorials and documentation insufficient

Apr 15, 2016 at 4:40 PM
I am a doctoral scholar. Few days ago I bought a copy of NodeXL pro. There is a lot of NodeXL tutorials and other documentation related to twitter available on net, but very less is there which is related to Facebook. Even in the book "Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a Connected World" there is a single chapter on Facebook which is based primarily on two templates (one of which is Facebook app). Both of these templates has long expired and made redundant by Facebook's change of policies.
I belief there should be a simple step list for each of NodeXL's functions (Facebook is relevant to my research, but NodeXL professionals and seasoned users may help with each one). How to perform each function (including Social Network Importer), also a place listing links for each third party plugins are a essential.
Apr 15, 2016 at 9:08 PM
Edited Apr 15, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Thank you for the interest in NodeXL!

As you note, Facebook's API has changed a great deal since the last NodeXL book. The new book in progress will update the use of Facebook in social media network research using NodeXL.

A list of all importers for NodeXL can be found in the NodeXL interface:

NodeXL>Data>Import>Get third party data importers

A list can also be found at


To perform a network import from Facebook, select either:

NodeXL>Data>Import>From Facebook Fan Page Network



NodeXL>Data>Import>From Facebook Group Network


Login and then select a query term.

Examples of Facebook networks analyzed with NodeXL can be found in the NodeXL Graph Gallery.

See: __https://www.nodexlgraphgallery.org/Pages/Default.aspx?search=facebook+fan__

In particular examples like:


An example recipe for Facebook data can be found here:


Note that there is a "recipe" attached to these Facebook uploads. The "recipe" is the "Settings Options File" which can be linked from the very bottom of each uploaded data set (if the author chooses to include them).

You can use these recipes and apply them to your own data sets. Download a settings options file, and import it into NodeXL using:


Then apply the recipe to your data via:


More information about the Automation process can be found on the ConnectedAction.Net blog

Automation is a feature of NodeXL Pro. These articles should describe the operation of the settings options files and the NodeXL > Graph > Automate feature:

A Sample Settings File for NodeXL: An automated recipe for making Twitter network visualizations

Setting forth: saving NodeXL option settings – how to exchange your expert configurations in NodeXL

Fully automatic: NodeXL can build your network graphs hands free

How to schedule the creation of a network with NodeXL and Windows Task Scheduler

Automatic for the people (who use the latest NodeXL!). Release v.

NodeXL has "recipes".
"Recipes" ("settings options files") can be found at the bottom of many pages in the NodeXL Graph Gallery.
You can save one of these recipes to your local system.
You can import the recipe into NodeXL via the NodeXL>Options>Import menu.
You can apply those options to your data via the NodeXL>Graph>Automate>Run command.


Marked as answer by MarcSmith on 7/6/2016 at 12:03 AM