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linkfluence visualise the French blogosphere (or bits of it) (twice!)

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Previously mentioned on several occasions, linkfluence/rtgi, who are leading the way in not just visualising maps of online networks but also giving several levels of information and scalabity, have in the last week or so released two visualisations for different sites. Last year, of course, they produced PresidentialWatch08 for the US Presidential election, and in 2007 had Observatoire Presidentielle for the French equivalent. Now come two new maps, one blog-centric and the other providing a more topical view of website connections.

wikipole

First is the Wikiopole, for Wikio (a search and ranking site, who have also been developing tools for researchers, including their Backlink Factory). Depicting the connections between the top 1500 ranked blogs, and with sites coded based on their category (political, science, sport, etc), the map provides another overview of the state of the French blogosphere, this time in May 2009 (and may be useful if a map comes out every month/several months – in which case, archiving each edition would be rather handy). It’s also good to see visualisations not just looking at the political side of things (not that’s necessarily a bad thing, but there are plenty of ways to subdivide networks of blogs). Plus, as an overall blogosphere study, there’s scope to compare the statistical layout of the linkfluence map to the personal work from ouinon.net in 2007, despite the long period between the production of the particular maps.

toile_europeenne

The second map is for touteleurope.fr, looking at 2046 sites (not just blogs) discussing Europe(an politics) in French. There’s quite a bit of cross-over, understandably, between this map and the Observatoire Presidentielle, although it’s less concerned with the different political ideologies present and the types of site and separating the analysts from the ‘militants’, for example.

I’m on a rather slow internet connection at the moment (and unfortunately the two maps take a while to load for me), and still waiting for some information before looking further at the two maps – a lengthier write-up will come, but for the moment any new work in the French blogosphere, political or not, and in network studies and visualisations (even with reservations about methods or outputs, as the case may be) is welcome.

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Written by Tim

6 May, 2009 at 6:31 pm

3 Responses

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  1. hello and thanks for the write-up. Just wanted to add that, in addition to these two maps you mention, we also launched yesterday (busy week 😉 a map of the German political web, in anticipation of the elections next Fall. This is I believe the first map of this kind in Germany: http://www.wahlradar.de/

    Sincerely,

    -SM

    Stan

    7 May, 2009 at 9:54 am

    • Hi Stan,
      Thanks for that! Definitely looks like a busy week for you guys! I’ve got a few questions about how linkfluence/rtgi collect their data and the visualisation process, and sent off an email to the generic contact email on the linkfluence site, but who would be the best person to contact about this?

      Tim

      7 May, 2009 at 1:01 pm

  2. feel free to email me and I’ll put you in touch directly

    Stan

    13 May, 2009 at 10:46 am


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