I often participate in Twitter chats on topics I find interesting and useful. It is via these Twitter chats that I often find new and interesting people to follow on one of my Twitter lists. I often check in on #innochat -- an ongoing conversation about innovation by those that practice it, or mentor others through the process of innovation.
Chats usually happen around a set of questions on the topic of the day. The group facilitator asks the questions and the people participating answer the questions they please, beginning their tweet with an "A" and then the number of the question they are referring to (A1, A2, ...). Participants can answer questions, talk to the whole Group, RT each other, or have a side conversation with each other via @ messages.
Figure 1 below is a network map of the conversations that happened on #innochat on January 14, 2016. Individual participants in the conversation are shown by the blue circles, and the Group, as a whole, is shown by the square magenta-colored node. The Answer node is shown by the green square. A line/link is drawn from the person to the node s/he is directing their communication to. Arrowheads show the direction of the flow and line thickness shows the volume of flow.
- X --> Group: X is making a general tweet to the chat group using the hashtag #innochat
- Y --> Z: Y is directing a comment to Z or RT'ing Z's tweet.
Next we "zoom in" and look at only the conversations that were happening between participants in the chat. We remove the generic GROUP and ANSWER nodes and the links to them. We are left with just the #innochat participants who interacted with each other via an @message or RT. That diagram is displayed in Figure 2 below.
For those that have participated in Twitter chats you know that they can be intense and that the hour goes by quickly as people respond to and discuss the questions posed. It is nice to sit back afterwords and look at the social structure of the fast conversations that just whizzed by.
What key conversations are happening in your community or organization? Who are the key players? Who is missing?
Data Source: http://innochat.com/sites/default/files/transcript_of_innochat_2016.01.14.pdf