Because it was a series of network-related posts that led to my invite to guest-blog here at the FacultyLounge, I thought I’d start things off with another interactive network and a discussion of networks more generally. The network below (click-through the image for an interactive version) is an alternate projection of the law prof twitter network. I’ve taken the law prof follower relations and changed the unit of analysis to the school that each prof teaches at. This shows us an electronic social network of law schools. Schools that are strongly linked in this network have a lot of profs following one another on twitter. The larger a school’s node, the more influential it is (as gauged by twitter followers) in the law prof social media world.
This network shows three distinct communities. I’m not convinced the distinction between the red/blue communities is really very meaningful, but the green community is quite clearly mostly made up of European schools, and we see Canadian schools bridging the Atlantic divide. This shows that while geography probably only matters to a small degree in forming these relationships, national borders appear to be very important.