Mapping your emails

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Christopher Baker analyzed some 60,000 emails that he has sent and received since 1998 to reveal his social network, as represented in an interesting visual map:

Like many people, I have archived all of my email with the hope of someday revisiting my past. I am interested in revealing the innumerable relationships between me, my schoolmates, work-mates, friends and family. This could not readily be accomplished by reading each of my 60,000 emails one-by-one. Instead, I created My Map, a relational map and alternative self portrait. My Map is a piece of custom designed software capable of rendering the relationships between myself and individuals in my address book by examining the TO:, FROM:, and CC: fields of every email in my email archive. The intensity of the relationship is determined by the intensity of the line. My Map allows me to explore different relational groupings and periods of time, revealing the temporal ebbs and flows in various relationships. In this way, My Map is a veritable self-portrait, a reflection of my associations and a way to locate myself.

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Why not? I did the same once with my chat logs but not as advanced as he did. But if I had to learn Processing (the framework that he used for the visualization), i would definitively try to do something similar. Good job!
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