Last night I was working late and trying to figure out how to create a sociogram of my social networks. I tweeted about it and within a minute I had several responses. The first two were from my my classmates Om and Kirsten. Then @barrywellman (whom I have never met) suggested I try NodeXL and when I couldn’t open it on my Mac he suggested I contact @marc_smith (whom I have also never met and who tweeted me back to let me know that it wasn’t mac compatible, boo hoo). @gagow then responded to my tweet with another suggestion. Thank you, Twitosphere. This was a great example of how “the crowd” can come to your aid.
I ended up using Ftnetwork (see below) and since posted my sociogram on Facebook a few of my friends have also tried it. Both were interesting and revealing exercises. What does your network look like?