@neil nice one. Outbound links or inbound or both? A second layer graph (the notes connecting to the notes connecting to the note in focus) I find is often more valuable, the old adagium of you don't hear much news from your closest connections, but from their connections.
@neil yes, most valuable personally I agree. Yet a graph that only shows the first layer of surrounding nodes does not add new info: links are apparent from the note in focus as the visible links in the text (except maybe inbound ones). Showing the links to/from links to/from the note in focus gives a sense of the neighbourhood so to speak imo
Hmm yes interesting - so a graph view with distance of 1 (inbound and outbound) is a visual rerepresentation of the links and backlinks. In that sense alone it is quite nice for the navigator, as I find visualisation to be helpful.
Then upping the distance to 2 goes further and shows things that isn't possible to see from the text of the page alone - the 'neighbourhood view' as you say.
@neil yes. I see the 2 and 3 distances as the weak ties around a note, and imo usually the origin of associative jumps and emerging connections. Seeing them visually is a diff experience from clicking those same paths back and forth in texts. It's how The Brain https://www.thebrain.com/ (which I used as my primary desktop in the late 90s) shows connections while navigating your stuff.
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