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How to navigate social media network transitions: Which network type is your topic? Which did you want it to be? http://bit.ly/1t5BPi2 
There are at least six different types of social media network structures present in systems like Twitter and other services in which people are able to reply to one another. Each of the six patter...
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NodeXL Update v320 – Important news about upgrading your copy of NodeXL http://bit.ly/Q6Rpee #SNA #socialmedia #autoupdate Uninstall 1st!
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IN the DC area? April 4 - Friday - Free and open NodeXL user group meeting at http://1776DC.org  - see: http://bit.ly/1eauxQd  #SNA #socialmedia
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DC Area NodeXL events: 
Apr 1 @ 6:30: Federal Big Data Meetup: http://bit.ly/1ea28K7
@ Xcelerate Solutions 8405 Greensboro Dr, McLean VA 

April 2-4, 2014 Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling and Prediction Conference in Washington D.C. http://bit.ly/1ptgmNi

April 4 NodeXL User Group Meetup http://bit.ly/1eauxQd 

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I will present a talk about social media network at the April 1st Federal Big Data Working Group at 6:30pm. Talk details are on the SemanticCommunity.info site. The Federal Big Data Working Group s...
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DataWiz @ ACM Hypertext 2014 conference Sept 1-4, 2014 http://bit.ly/1m3Z73H tools, models & metaphors for understanding advanced graphical user interfaces
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April 30 - June 5, 2014 Signup! Toward a Literacy of Cooperation: Introduction to Cooperation Theory with @hrheingold http://bit.ly/1qlJvbK
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Lots of DC Metro for me today.  Can someone explain to me why these trains cannot break to a stop smoothly?  I have ridden roller coasters that have a smoother ride.  Still, I love the ability to get around the region quickly and the stations are cool.  But other trains, subways and trams around the world can stop smoothly and Metro trains just don't.  Why?
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Probably the simplest answer is that it's one of the oldest automated train systems. It figures out how much braking force it needs and applies it, but the brakes may not function precisely as expected, the wheels may slip, etc., so when it gets down to checking reality, it is often short from its markers, so it recalculated. Today it would do all this more dynamically and be smooth, back then it was quite a nice solution.
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Slides: Predictive Analytics World – San Francisco: Think Link! Network Insights with No Programming Skills http://bit.ly/1f9NsKv #NodeXL #SNA
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The view from the right side of the plane a minute before we approach the runway at SFO.
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  • Social Media Research Foundation
    Director, 2010 - present
  • Connected Action Consulting Group
    Chief Social Scientist, 2009 - present
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Mapping social media networks
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Dr. Marc A. Smith
Chief Social Scientist
Connected Action Consulting Group

Marc Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. He founded and managed the Community Technologies Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington and led the development of social media reporting and analysis tools for Telligent Systems.  Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group and lives and works in Silicon Valley, California.

Smith is the co-editor with Peter Kollock of Communities in Cyberspace (Routledge), a collection of essays exploring the ways identity; interaction and social order develop in online groups. Along with Derek Hansen and Ben Shneiderman, he is the co-author and editor of Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL, a guide to mapping connections created through computer-mediated interactions.

Smith's research focuses on computer-mediated collective action: the ways group dynamics change when they take place in and through social cyberspaces. Many "groups" in cyberspace produce public goods and organize themselves in the form of a commons (for related papers see: http://delicious.com/marc_smith/Paper). Smith's goal is to visualize these social cyberspaces, mapping and measuring their structure, dynamics and life cycles. At Microsoft, he developed the "Netscan" web application and data mining engine that allows researchers studying Usenet newsgroups and related repositories of threaded conversations to get reports on the rates of posting, posters, crossposting, thread length and frequency distributions of activity.  Smith applied  this work to the development of a generalized community analysis platform for Telligent, providing a web based system for groups of all sizes to discuss and publish their material to the web and analyze the emergent trends that result.  He contributes to the open and free NodeXL project (http://www.codeplex.com/nodexl) that adds social network analysis features to the familiar Excel spreadsheet.  A tutorial on social network analysis is evolving into a book and is freely available (http://casci.umd.edu/NodeXL_Teaching).  NodeXL enables social network analysis of email, twitter, flickr, and other network data sets.

The Connected Action consulting group (http://www.connectedaction.net) applies social science methods in general and social network analysis techniques in particular to enterprise and internet social media usage.  SNA analysis of data from message boards, blogs, wikis, friend networks, and shared file systems can reveal insights into organizations and processes.  Community managers can gain actionable insights into the volumes of community content created in their social media repositories.  Mobile social software applications can visualize patterns of association that are otherwise invisible.

Smith received a B.S. in International Area Studies from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1988, an M.Phil. in social theory from Cambridge University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 2001. He is an affiliate faculty at the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington and the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland.  Smith is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Media-X Program at Stanford University.

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I create maps and visualizations of social media networks
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  • UCLA
  • Cambridge University
  • Drexel University
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