The Design of Information

Information Design

This blog is focused on information design, the creation of infographics for visual understanding of complex processes, data and ideas.

Mapping your connections

Just discovered LinkedIn InMaps today. A good example of interactive information graphics that can lead to discovery. Interesting to find the connections that bridge groups. Like the “I didn’t know Tony knew Larry!” moment.

InMap on LinkedIn - Tony's connections

This fact would have been discoverable just browsing through my connections on the standard LinkedIn site, but seeing the whole network mapped in one place removes a lot of barriers to this kind of discovery.

The zoomed-out view shows an accurate picture of my circles – the smaller clearly defined orange is a networking group I’ve been closely connected to for over a dozen years, the dense multicolored cluster opposite are┬ámy various church connections, with family mixed in. In between are various work and school connections that are scattered and less well-defined.

LinkedIn map

It’s not hard to create your own. Try it here. I’m curious to see what other people’s networks are shaped like.


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2 Responses to “Mapping your connections”

  1. March 14th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Mike Harding says:

    I love this visual! Thanks for sharing. I totally agree with you about the ah-ha moment of sharing connections. I think it takes it to a whole new level when you add visuals. Here’s the link to my visual

    Thanks again for sharing!

    – Mike

  2. October 21st, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Maria Beane says:

    What an amazing visual created from social connections. It is surprising that this is the first social media to get into connection visualization. I wonder who will be next to get on board for personal experience visualization.

    This is a link to my visual. It seems to be showing me i need more connections.