visualizing online social networks
jeffrey heer + danah boyd

Download Vizster

You will need to have Java installed. Then, simply click the "vizster.jar" file to launch the application.

Vizster does not include any social network data. You can either load data from an XML file describing the network or from a custom MySQL database.
  • To load data from XML, click "Cancel" at the initial database login dialog and use the File menu to open a file, such as this sample XML file.

  • To load data from MySQL, you will need to create your own MySQL installation using this schema. Then simply enter the database location, login, and password into Vizster's login dialog.
Vizster was built using the alpha release of the Prefuse visualization toolkit.
Vizster is open-source software released under a BSD license.