Sunday, March 27, 2005


Another blog-inspired terminology! Blogdex - The weblog diffusion index.

"Blogdex is a research project of the MIT Media Laboratory tracking the diffusion of information through the weblog community. Ideas can have very similar properties to a disease, spreading through the population like wildfire. The goal of Blogdex is to explore what it is about information, people, and their relationships that allows for this contagious media.
Blogdex uses the links made by webloggers as a proxy to the things they are talking about. Webloggers typically contextualize their writing with hypertext links which act as markers for the subjects they are discussing. These markers are like tags placed on wild animals, allowing Blogdex to track a piece of conversation as it moves from weblog to weblog.
Blogdex crawls all of the weblogs in its database every time they are updated and collects the links that have been made since the last time it was updated. The system then looks across all weblogs and generates a list of fastest spreading ideas. This is the list shown on the
front page. For each of these links, further detail is provided as to where the link was found, and at what time."


Mike Abundo said...
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Mike Abundo said...

Tracking the Internet's most infectious memes should prove an interesting experiment in the epidemiology of ideas. :)