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Archive for June 2009

new Berkman Center study on the Arabic blogosphere

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Last year, the Internet & Democracy team at the Berkman Center at Harvard released a study of the Persian language blogosphere, a key work in larger-scale, non-English-language blogosphere research. (And of course, although I’m not going to discuss current events in Iran, the use of social media, twitter in particular, has been a subject of news reports recently (regardless of its relative importance, biases, etc.)). The I&D team have just released a new study, this time of the Arabic blogosphere – taking in Egyptian, Saudi, Kuwaiti, and Syrian blogs, and covering clusters and bridges in three languages (Arabic, English, French – although my treatment of ‘French’ in the current version of my research is looking at the country rather than the language, the use of French in northern Africa provides an additional, possible group of sites to study). I’ve just downloaded the pdf of the new report, so no comments on that yet, but if you want to have a look at it, it’s at the I&D site.


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18 June, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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personal internet maps

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So, I haven’t quite been on top of my rss feeds lately, and only found out today [via a new post at Serial Mapper] of Kevin Kelly‘s Internet Mapping Project. It’s a growing collection of hand-drawn maps of the internet, designed by all-comers. As Kelly explains, “I’ve become very curious about the maps people have in their minds when they enter the internet. So I’ve been asking people to draw me a map of the internet as they see it. That’s all.

The template pdf to draw your map on is here, which can then be emailed to Kelly, if you’re interested. Or you can check out what’s already been sent in at the posts above or at Kelly’s flickr. (I haven’t made one, having only just found out about it, but maybe in the next week or so…)

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15 June, 2009 at 2:33 pm

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more links from the tubes

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A few things from around the traps that have come up recently (and have been noted elsewhere already!)

1. the 3rd International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media happened a few weeks ago in San Jose, California – going from the papers from last year and the provision of a dataset for people to use before submitting papers for this year’s conference, there may well be some interesting new work coming out of the proceedings. May try and get over to Washington D.C. for next year’s conference.

2. Sciences-Po in Paris unveiled their Medialab with presentations by Richard Rogers (govcom/issuecrawler), Yochai Benkler, the gephi team, and the webatlas team – with the rtgi group based out at Compiegne, north of Paris in Picardie, there’s a couple of exciting projects and labs taking shape in France at the moment.

3. Meanwhile, over at the Berman Center at Harvard, the I&D team have launched an interactive version of the Iranian blogosphere map documented in a paper released early last year. Haven’t had much time to test it out yet, but given the other international projects happening over that way at the moment and the linkfluence/rtgi-type projects, this kind of interactive, rather than static, output may become more common in blog and internet network analysis and mapping.

4. Speaking of maps and internet networks, there’s been a bit of coverage of the new map of social (network) dominance over at techcrunch. Obviously, the general dominance, in western countries at least, of facebook over allcomers is a major talking point, but it’s also worth comparing the map to that produced two years ago. Again, facebook’s spread is particularly evident, but whereas in 2007 myspace still had a majority, of whatever margin, of dominance in such countries as Australia, the US, Italy, and Greece, facebook usurping it in all four of those countries, as well as taking over most of western Europe and claiming a large chunk of Africa, leaves myspace’s sole outpost in 2009 as… Guam? The move of facebook into many languages has also meant that the previously language-specific clusters – such as skyblog’s control of francophone nations – is eroded. There’s more to be taken from both maps, and I haven’t looked at any of the numbers involved here – both maps use data from Alexa, but as noted in the Techcrunch post there’s some debate as to whether myspace or facebook are the leading social network in the US. However, I’ll leave it on one final, pleasing point – that the 2009 map, being zoomable and able to select and customise views, has been produced using ManyEyes (mentioned here many times previously).

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10 June, 2009 at 4:58 pm