(2/17/8; source: http://como.typepad.com/community_mobilization/social_network_software/index.html
"Thanks to Bill Ives for blogging about Touchgraph, a visualization tool for Facebook, Google, and a few other social sites. I absolutely love it! It is just an amazing way to organize the data trapped in the Facebook / social network system. Why? It helps you understand the underlying connectivity that exists in your existing network. Implicit connectivity is not always apparent but the way the touchgraph collated the connections make them visually apparent and easy to interpret and understand.
"Real double word-score will come when you are able to utilize the back-end data and research the points and interconnectivity of people NOT in your network. It sounds very big brother but the point is for marketing and social action leveraging this kind of application would do wonders for identifying central connectors. Now if you could only derive centrality and distance scores like you can get from more intensive systems like UCINet."