This remarkably beautiful image represents my own network of LinkedIn connections.
My genius friend Erich Morisse, who made this image, is developing products that quantify and value social networks. Here is what he told me:
“Social networks are as individual as we are, our own fingerprints of interaction with society. Turned into images, they remind us of everything from supernovas (see the concentrated brighter areas in this person’s network) to beds of sea anemones (this one has many outliers, each with their own radiance).
Supernovas have the ability to get big and great things done with their close knit social group, but need to work hard at finding new ideas and opportunities.
Sea anemones are entrepreneurs, always finding new ideas and opportunities from their breadth of contacts; they have to rely on their contacts to find the right people to get big things done.
So which are you, are sea anemone or a supernova? And what do you need to change about your social network to meet your personal goals?”