Current memetics research.

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Sat 06 Mar 2004 - 00:00:49 GMT

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    People have griped that there is no definitive research in memetics. To the extent that's been true in the past it is because of the cost of collecting meme traces and time stamping where they are. (Look at my attempts to hunt down the origin of "ideas have a life of their own.") A high fraction of memes circulate on the nets nowadays, so a researcher with a good net feed can collect a lot of data in a hurry and with analyzing tools make sense of it.

    Here is the lead in to a report--which incidentally does not use the M words.

    Warning: Blogs Can Be Infectious

    By Amit Asaravala

    The most-read webloggers aren't necessarily the ones with the most original ideas, say researchers at Hewlett-Packard Labs.

    Using newly developed techniques for graphing the flow of information between blogs, the researchers have discovered that authors of popular blog sites regularly borrow topics from lesser-known bloggers -- and they often do so without attribution.

    These findings are important to sociologists who are interested in learning how ideas grow from isolated topics into full-blown epidemics that "infect" large populations. Such an understanding is also important to marketers, who hope to be able to pitch products and ideas directly to the most influential people in a given group.

    "There is a lot of speculation that really important people are highly connected, but really, we wonder if the highly connected people just listen to the important people," said Lada Adamic, one of the four researchers working on the project.,1284,62537,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1


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    To properly attribute, "Android Cat" <> (non working email) called this to my attention on the alt.religion.scientology news group. He mentioned getting it from:

    I looked through a few pages of slashdod before finding memetics connected to the thread:

    "This idea needs to spread like a virus (Score:2) by WormholeFiend (674934) on Friday March 05, @10:49AM (#8475540) While in an epidemic it's pretty bad if you are Patient Zero, in the blog memetics universe, it is good to be Blogger Zero."

    Keith Henson

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