At the moment a-pam maintains a
session open and accessible simultaneously by various people,
where a certain number of nodes have already been created.
Once inside a-pam you find a
series of nodes represented by circles and connected by lines.
Each node corresponds to a page on the World Wide Web, with
the lines corresponding to links that exist between these
pages. A double line means the link between the pages is mutual.
The size of the nodes is not the same
and some of them contain images. Most of the nodes are small
and in a muddle. This is because a-pam shows you the
network structure from a local viewpoint. There is
a larger, central node, which is where you are. It was chosen
at random when you joined the session. The nodes connected
to this one are smaller and nodes linked in turn to these
smaller still. From this point on the nodes become increasingly
reduced in size. In the first three levels the system optimizes
the representation to make the structure as clear as possible,
but from the fourth level of connection we stop worrying about
The graphic allows adjustment of the visualisation options
in order to improve (or worsen) orientation.
Underneath the graphic, the links appear which point to the
current page from the rest of the pages explored. Clicking
on the icons opens a new window which shows the full versions
of the texts or images of these links as well as their source