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Steve YostPerson was signed in when posted
04:48 AM ET (US)
We'd love to hear about it!
Kevin Marks
04:43 AM ET (US)
I plotted the Blog ecosystem and got a convincing power-law distribution that saturated early (understandably, as they won't find all the 2 and 1 incoming links blogs with their spider)
I got similar results form Movie box-office data - I keep meaning to write this up.
Steve YostPerson was signed in when posted
12:57 PM ET (US)
Steve, that's a very good point. Given that, it seems the map might contain some false positives, i.e. implied clustering of tastes that doesn't exist. OTOH I don't think it refutes the dichotomy that's seen in Valdis' map.

Adina, other maps such as plain link connectivity have been done (URL anyone?), but I think it'd be hard to to blogroll mapping in practice without a standard for blogrolls, i.e. it'd be hard to parse them automatically. But it'd be great, wouldn't it? It might be a good discovery mechanism too. I often feel too limited in my blogroll cluster, wondering if I'm missing another nice cluster just over the hill.

Valdis responded in email after he backtracked from a referrer. I think he's OK with me posting this because he was looking for the discuss link. Here's what he said:

Actually this book network does NOT show a power law distribution...

And a link was drawn when either book of a buddy pair listed the other as a buddy. Go to "American Jihad" and you will see "What Went Wrong" listed. Good observation... thanks for the feedback!
Edited 01-08-2003 12:59 PM
Adina Levin
09:36 AM ET (US)
It would be fascinating to map blogroll links. That would reveal some very interesting cluster patterns, I think.

I've mentioned the idea to Valdis but haven't taken initiative to do anything about it yet.
steve himmer
06:16 PM ET (US)
One thing that isn't revealed by a map like this is actual usage, and interpretation. For instance (as I wrote in David Weinberger's comments), Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilizations is a book I've read more than once, but entirely disagreed with. I've used both as a student and a teacher with others who disagree with the books conclusions. But that won't show up in a map, only in person-to-person, detailed research. It's one thing to know what books people read, but knowing what ideas characterize 'the left' or 'the right' in relation to those books is something else.
Steve YostPerson was signed in when posted
05:16 PM ET (US)
Blog post: http://www.quicktopic.com/blog/archives/000192.html

What do you think?
Edited 01-07-2003 05:16 PM