Michael Wu, Ph.D. is Lithium's Principal Scientist of Analytics, digging into the complex dynamics of social interaction and group behavior in online communities and social networks.
Michael was voted a 2010 Influential Leader by CRM Magazine for his work on predictive social analytics and its application to Social CRM.He's a regular blogger on the Lithosphere's Building Community blog and previously wrote in the Analytic Science blog. You can follow him on Twitter at mich8elwu.
You must have heard of the adage -- A picture is worth a 1000 words. In the modern multi-media infused society, I would say that a movie is worth 100 million words. Quite literally, if you count the number of frames in an hour long movie, it will come out to be about few hundred thousand frames. Since each frame (being a picture) is worth 1000 word, you will easily get to the number I quoted above.
I presented some of my current R&D on influencers, which involves a lot of social network analysis (SNA) and graph analysis. Despite my attempts to explain SNA, I felt that I often fall short in providing a full exposition on this interesting topic. I've recently come across an online version of an amazing TV documentary by The Science Channel on this subject. Connected: The Power of Six Degrees (2008) offers a great introduction to this fascinating field from a historical perspective. The story was very well presented. It was scientifically correct, and also understandable to the general layperson.
So if you have 47 minutes, I highly recommend watching this program. I can assure you that this will be much more enjoyable then reading a 100-million-word article on this topic. And you’d be surprised how much you will learn from this TV program. This will give me a little more time to organize some of my research results and write up the next series of blogs.
Let me know what you think. If you have any question or like to discuss any of the topics covered in this excellent documentary, please don't hesitate to leave me a comment here. As usual, I’m always happy to discuss any scientific matters. And I promise I will return with more discussion on Dunbar's number next week.