We live in the era of networks. Occasionally the aspirations of academic researchers are in harmony with the needs of software developers, entrepreneurs, and government agency staffers. In our case, the authors brought together complementary backgrounds in information studies, communications, computer science, and sociology, as well as a shared interest in the interdisciplinary topics of human-computer interaction, network analysis, social media, and information visualization. Together, we have worked to build tools that broaden access to insights into complex connected network structures.

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