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RE: "Warning: Blogs Can Be Infectious"

From: Graham Klyne <gk@ninebynine.org>
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 19:56:51 +0000
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To: "Cayzer, Steve" <Steve.Cayzer@hp.com>, "'public-esw@w3.org'" <public-esw@w3.org>

Nice visualizations!  Maybe it should be called "blobbing"?

#g
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At 17:01 08/03/04 +0000, Cayzer, Steve wrote:

>Heh - thanks for the tipoff Graham, just blogged it.
>http://jena.hpl.hp.com:3030/blojsom-hp/blog/technologies/blogging/communitie
>s/?permalink=C3FB344B1EA27A85C24DD1F05BEB4529.textile&smm=y
>
>I was aware of the work but not that it had made Wired.
>
>Try typing in hpl to the search demo mentioned in the article and you get my
>blog!
>http://www-idl.hpl.hp.com/cgi-bin/blogs/search_new.cgi?s=hpl
>
>That's about as near to fame as I can manage :)
>
>Steve
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: public-esw-request@w3.org
> > [mailto:public-esw-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Graham Klyne
> > Sent: 08 March 2004 13:15
> > To: public-esw@w3.org
> > Subject: "Warning: Blogs Can Be Infectious"
> >
> >
> >
> > The following spotted in ACM's Technews service, at:
> > http://www.acm.org/technews/articles/2004-6/0305f.html#item5
> >
> > Is there any contact between this and HP's semantic blogging work?
> >
> > I also wonder if it has any implications for FOAF-related
> > applications.
> >
> > #g
> > --
> >
> > # "Warning: Blogs Can Be Infectious"
> > Wired News (03/05/04); Asaravala, Amit
> >
> > Researchers at Hewlett-Packard Labs used Intelliseek's BlogPulse Web
> > crawler to mine numerous Weblogs, after which they mapped out the
> > connections and topics shared among a large number of sites. Analysis
> > showed that topics would often appear on a small number of relatively
> > obscure blogs a few days before showing up on more popular
> > sites. "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," explains HP Labs researcher Lada Adamic. The team
> > learned that when an idea "infected" at least 10 blogs, 70
> > percent of those
> > blogs failed to supply links back to another blog that
> > previously mentioned
> > the idea, so the researchers devised methods to deduce the
> > point of origin
> > of information by noting textual, link, and infection rate
> > similarities.
> > "What we're finding is that the important people on the Web are not
> > necessarily the people with the most explicit links [back to
> > their sites],
> > but the people who cause epidemics in blog networks," says HP
> > researcher
> > Eytan Adar. The scientists have encapsulated their techniques
> > into the
> > iRank search algorithm, which ranks sites according to how
> > well they inject
> > ideas into the mainstream. Future plans include making iRank
> > resistant to
> > Google-bomb-type attacks, while some of the team's research
> > is accessible
> > online via the Blog Epidemic Analyzer program. The HP Labs
> > research could
> > help sociologists chart the course of knowledge epidemics,
> > which marketers
> > could also exploit to sell their products directly to the
> > most influential
> > members of a group.
> > Click Here to View Full Article:
> > http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,62537> ,00.html
> >
> >
> >
> > ------------
> > Graham Klyne
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> > http://www.ninebynine.org/#Contact
> >

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