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Mapping your Twitter network:

These days, I never tire of cool Twitter toys.

Last night a few friends (including Lisa Thumann) turned me on to Mailana’s Top Twitter Friends.  Love it! 

Not only does the tool let you examine a map of your own network, list your BFFs, and suggest new followers, if you click on any of the Twitter names or avatars, you can explore the networks of others and pick up new friends you may have missed. 

It’s deeper than I first thought.

It determines:

  • Who do you talk to most often on Twitter?
  • Who are your closest friends?
  • What does your social network look like?

You can use it to

  • See your conversations
  • See your town’s social network
  • See people who talk about

It’s great for identifying experts!  See this map of folks who talk about libraries.

And there are special, hidden features:

If you add &duration=30 to the end of your profile URL you can see a profile based just on the last month, eg
The duration number is in days, so to look at the last week you can change it to 7, for the last year 365, and so on.

If you want to embed the graph on your own site, you can download the XML input that represents your network by clicking on the disk icon. Then download the flashgraph.swf file and include it in your own page with ?xml_file_name=your xml file name. There’s no documentation on this, but view the source of your profile page for an example.

A practical tool for expanding your network and a lovely visual gift for the Twitter yenta.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Pete Warden says:

    Thanks so much Joyce! Did I mention how much I’ve learnt from librarians like Karen Schneider (Freerange Librarian)?

    I’d love to hear more feature requests. Here’s some ideas I’m working on:
    Show people you know near a location
    Map the connections between you and someone else (eg the Kevin Bacon game for Twitter)
    Search your friends-of-friends’ messages

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