This section lays down some templates and introduces some good starting points for analyzing and visualizing Facebook data. If you’ve been following along, you now have the basic tools you need to get at anything the platform can provide. The types of exercises we’ll explore in this section include:
Visualizing all the mutual friendships in your social network
Visualizing the mutual friendships within specific groups and for arbitrary criteria, such as gender
Building a simple data-driven game that challenges you to identify friends based on where they live now and their hometowns
The list of possibilities goes on and on, and with the necessary boilerplate intact, you’ll have no trouble customizing the scripts we’ll write to solve a variety of other problems.
An RGraph is a network visualization that organizes the display by laying out nodes in concentric circles, starting from the center. RGraphs are available in many visualization toolkits, including the JIT. It’s worth taking a moment to explore the JIT’s RGraph examples to familiarize yourself with the vast possibilities ...