This page is a platform for visualizing:
1. The growth of social media as a phenomenon; 2. A snapshot in time of an actual social network graph.
Next, we'll dive into data from the Pew Research Center to investigate social media use among adults in the United States.
Finally, we'll dig around some actual network data: a network of "likes" connecting 17 politically polarizing Facebook pages.
All of the visualizations are interactive. You can segment the data and drill down into different components to reveal patterns and trends. Note: it's best to view this page on a large screen due to the Tableau embedded visualizations.
First, let's take a look at how Internet use has grown. Hover over an element to see more details, and use the Control Panel on the right to dive into a particular segment. You can select a single country or an entire region using the dropdown menus. You can also adjust the year using the 'Year' text box or the slider underneath it. Finally, you can use the check blocks to filter countries by their size.
Finally, let's dig into an actual network visualization.
Each circle represents a Facebook page. Each line represents a "like" between one page to another. To create the visualiation, I started out with 17 "seed" pages (listed below) and gathered all of the other Facebook pages that the seed pages liked. Finally, I connected all of the nodes and edges in one single graph.
AFL-CIO | AIPAC | Alex Jones | Alt-Right | Ann Coulter | Antifa | Bernie Sanders | Charles Blow | Democratic Socialists | Elizabeth Warren | Hillary Clinton | Milo Yiannopoulos | The NRA | Planned Parenthood | Ron Paul | Tea Party | Donald Trump
Another version of this network with fewer seed pages is here.