Random Walk through Influences at Freebase

I’ve put together an application that takes a random walk through the influence data at Freebase using a person’s name as the starting point. I wanted to come up with something that is much simpler, linear, and changes on its own over time (as opposed to the interactive graph browser).

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It’s my first experiment with Mootools and with using metaweb.js instead of Metaweb’s mjt, so borrow at your own peril.

The weight of the line indicates the total number of connections to the first person on the line. It enters into cycles frequently, which is expected since it’s choosing at random. In picking the form factor I ripped off paid homage to Stamen and Digg’s BigSpy.

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