Linked In Contact Network Visualization

Visualizing Your Contact Network in Linked In

Few books have made an impact on me as The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, the seminal work by Edward Tufte.


This work was the how to embody & represent quantitative information (i.e., numbers) in a visual form, ‘content absorb-able’ with a glance

Further reading revealed the why; specifically who cares I offer this excerpt from a book authored by Tamara Munzer on Visualization for the why:

“Visualization allows people to offload cognition to the perceptual system, using carefully designed images as a form of external memory. The human visual system is a very high-bandwidth channel to the brain, with a significant amount of processing occurring in parallel and at the pre-conscious level. We can thus use external images as a substitute for keeping track of things inside our own heads”

There has been a renaissance in the past several years on various methods and approaches that build on Tufte’s work; some personal favorites are Many Eyes (from IBM), GE Data Visualization, NodeXL, and  Tufte also has a ‘bulletin board’ that ironically, is non-graphical.

A great practical example is a simple tool offered by Linked In to ‘visualize’ your own network InMaps – I visualized my LinkedIn network. It was an ‘aha’ moment for me that allowed visualization of my contacts ‘footprint’.

About Don

Former VP/GM, Enterprise Application Development in several NASDAQ companies Partner Engagement Manager (Kforce, Inc.); development / deployment of Guest Experience Platform (Carnival Cruise Line) Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Certification - Carnegie Mellon CIO Institute Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Masters, Professional Studies, Georgetown University
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