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Social Networks: A definition?
Our definition (within the InTouch project) of a social network (SN) has shifted somewhat from the accepted norm. To begin, we saw the SN as the entire list of people with which the ego has any kind of connection – this is the SN analysts view. Our view has come to be more limited – including only people the ego feels close enough to to have contact details, past correspondence and a will to engage in future correspondence. We then added to the notion the concept of sub-social networks – e.g. your work friends SN, your university friends SN, your close family SN, etc. This is the metaphor that we have used for our visualisation.

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