Go See Your LinkedIn Social Graph - Visualization Tool

[caption id="attachment_1082" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Click to Enlarge"][/caption] Today, I stumbled upon a really cool social network graphing tool from the creative folks over at LinkedIn (part of the LinkedIn labs projects).

Basically, once you connect your account with this LinkedIn web application, you'll see a visual rendering of your LinkedIn network, neatly organized by colorful groups of your network connections you've created over time.

So, for example, my connections relating to my 10 years in New York and my Social Media Club group in Rochester, NY are grouped together. Not only are physical connections like these obvious, but also virtual connections, such as "social media" connections. My largest network is comprised of my Technology industry connections; no surprise there as technology permeates my entire career.

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To get started go here: http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/network and allow LinkedIn labs to connect with your profile.

When complete, you can view the social graph rendered and then "label"your networks.

TIP: Use the magnifier tool in to zoom in and read the names in each color area. Then begin labeling accordingly.

I find this sort of visual rendering to be very appealing, not only because I am a visual learner, but because it allows one to see how their career connections are related. You can also easily spot key influencials and people who are very connected to the same circles of friends and industry connections you have. Some of those folks are the same ones who helped me make connections... very interesting data!!

What do you think of this? Do you find this useful and intriguing like I do? Does this kind of tool make it easier or harder to group your network of friends and professional connections?

Here's a visual step-by-step of the screens you'll see as  you generate your very own LinkedIn network social graph:

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