The emergence of online social networking platforms established a new way of publicly identifying ourselves as being tied to others. However, obtaining convincing data on how individuals conceptualise the quality of these digitally mediated social relations is challenging.
I discuss the advantages of using hand-drawn network maps for eliciting data on digitally mediated ties and compare these charts to classic approaches to data elicitation used by social network analysts (e.g. the name generator technique). I show how hand-drawn network maps provide respondents with a more tangible resource with which to recall data on their digital ties and interpret their affordances.