This visualization was made in a PhD research methods seminar at UCLA, in the Information Studies Department, at the Charles E Young Research Library. The system that was used to run the network analysis and create the visualization is called Gephi. The research librarians at YRL are full of interesting tricks and tips, if you’re in the area I recommend a visit.
The different clusters illustrate different groups and organizations I’ve been a part of over the past ten+ years. The large mass in the center, is my undergraduate class at UCLA, the top right mass are cohort members from a masters program at UC Santa Cruz. The bottom-left pink cluster are high school friends that friended me some years after our graduation. The small blue cluster below the high school group was my first job out of college at RoadTrip Nation, and the red clusters to the right of that, are close friends and family, and friends from London. The names that are scaled up, are larger because they bridge the different clicks in my network. In total, the network is made of 700+ nodes or people.