Testing Meme Propagation In Blogspace: Add Your Blog!

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This posting is a community experiment started by Minding the Planet to see how a meme represented by a blog posting spreads across blogspace, physical space and time. It will help to show how ideas travel across blogs in space and time and how blogs are connected. It may also help to show which blogs are most influential in the propagation of memes. The original posting for this experiment is located at: Minding the Planet; results and commentary will appear there in the future.

Please join the test by adding your blog (see instructions, below) and inviting your friends to participate — the more the better. The data from this test will be public and open; others may use it to visualize and study the connectedness of blogspace and the propagation of memes across blogs.

The GUID for this experiment is: as098398298250swg9e98929872525389t9987898tq98wteqtgaq62010920352598gawstw98qwrt189849813907azq4 (this GUID enables anyone to easily search Google for all results of this experiment). Anyone is free to analyze the data of this experiment. Please publicize your analysis of the data, and/or any comments by adding comments onto the original post at Minding the Planet; Note: it would be interesting to see a geographic map or a temporal animation, as well as a social network map of the propagation of this meme.

Instructions

To add your blog to this experiment, copy this entire posting to your blog, and fill out the info below, substituting your own information in your posting, where appropriate.

Required Fields

(Note: Replace the answers below with your own answers)

  1. I found this experiment at URL: http://www.mindingtheplanet.com
  2. I found it via “Newsreader Software” or “Browsing or Searching the Web” or “An E-Mail Message”: Newsreader (stored Bloglines search for Zempt)
  3. I posted this experiment at URL: http://kalsey.com/blog/
  4. I posted this on date (day, month, year): 01 August 2004
  5. I posted this at time (24 hour time): 19:11:00
  6. My posting location is (city, state, country): Sacramento, California, USA

Optional Survey Fields

(Replace the answers below with your own answers):

  1. My blog is hosted by: Myself
  2. My age is: 31
  3. My gender is: Male
  4. My occupation is: Internet Consultant
  5. I use the following RSS/Atom reader software: Bloglines, Sharpreader
  6. I use the following software to post to my blog: Movable Type, various plugins, Zempt
  7. I have been blogging since (day, month, year): 11 March 2000
  8. My web browser is: Firefox

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Richard Schwartz
August 2, 2004 11:10 AM

Hmm... what's the difference between this experiment and a chain letter? -rhs

Dennis Pallett
August 2, 2004 1:23 PM

Your GUID is wrong; it should be: as098398298250swg9e98929872525389t9987898tq98wteqtgaq62010920352598gawst

Adam Kalsey
August 2, 2004 3:06 PM

Spivack shortened the GUID after I'd already posted this. He also changed some other things in the survey.

Adam Kalsey
August 2, 2004 4:50 PM

Spivack keeps updating the post to change the length of the GUID. That's going to seriously affect the outcome of the results.

Adam Kalsey
August 2, 2004 9:55 PM

This is sort of like a chain letter that was given life in order to study how chain letters work. And of course, Microsoft isn't going to send you $5 if you forward it. :)

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August 3, 2004 12:58 AM

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Dennis Pallett
August 3, 2004 3:10 AM

Hmm, you're right. How useless. That means there's already two different GUIDs.

Marie Carnes
August 5, 2004 10:14 AM

I don't really know what I expected, but five days into it and it's not what I expected. (If that makes any sense at all.) Or, maybe I've just lost my enthusiasm. Try as I might, I can't seem to stop myself from jumping into the meme pool. Adam, I wish you'd say a few words about this. Maybe I just need to be quiet until the results are put together. When it first started, I thought I might do a little tracking of my own and compile some numbers. Say, just age, or just location, or just some slice of the experiment. (I am not a tech person.) But, when I see the ever-shortening GUID, not to mention the original propagator going gaga over being in the Daypop top 5, I just kind of lost interest. And, I noticed a couple of the "fourth generation" propagators aren't even linking to the original typepad blog post, but rather to mindingtheplanet.com which redirects to an ecology minded corporation that makes medical temperature probes, among other things. We used to call them thermometers. Gee.

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