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Testing Meme Propagation In Blogspace

Testing Meme Propagation In Blogspace:

Add Your Blog!

This posting is a community experiment that tests how a meme, represented by this 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 (and aggregation sites) are most influential in the propagation of memes. The dataset from this experiment will be public, and can be located via Google (or Technorati) by doing a search for the GUID for this meme (below).

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:



The above GUID enables anyone to easily search Google or other search engines for all blogs that participate in this experiment, once they have indexed the sites that participate, which may take several days or weeks. To locate the full data set, just search for any sites that contain this GUID.

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 (see URL above). (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.)


To add your blog to this experiment, copy this entire posting to your blog, and then answer the questions below, substituting your own information, below, where appropriate. Other than answering the questions below, please do not alter the information, layout or format of this post in order to preserve the integrity of the data in this experiment (this will make it easier for searchers and automated bots to find and analyze the results later).

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

(1) I found this experiment at URL:

(2) I found it via “Newsreader Software” or “Browsing the Web” or “Searching the Web” or “An E-Mail Message”: Newsreader Software

(3) I posted this experiment at URL:

(4) I posted this on date (day/month/year): 06/08/04

(5) I posted this at time (24 hour time): 20:26

(6) My posting location is (city, state, country): (Knoxville, TN, USA)


(7) My blog is hosted by: Blogger

(8) My age is: 35

(9) My gender is: Male

(10) My occupation is: Un-employed Computer Consultant

(11) I use the following RSS/Atom reader software: Sharpreader

(12) I use the following software to post to my blog: Blogger

(13) I have been blogging since (day, month, year): 05/01/04

(14) My web browser is: Mozilla Firebird

(15) My operating system is: Windows XP

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These are not necessary totally unsafe for work bu…

These are not necessary totally unsafe for work but they are rated-R. Security cameras aid in job loss The first is a good reason to drink bottled water. The middle one makes you think, “I thought men had it convenient!” The third makes me think I should have been a courier in college. Ah, from the page that says “yes let me in” or “no don’t show me this” it reads “The links below allow you to see explicit footage from security cameras in working environments around Australia.” Everyday I understand my down under friends a little more!

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Stars Wars on DVD!

Wahoo! The pre-ordering process for Star Wars September 21 release has begun! What a cool birthday present that would make for someone I know well!

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Amazon Friday Specials

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Day in review

This Morning

Last night lounged. Spent some time with the wife before passing out. Work this morning at 6:30 and took the dog for a long walk. She inspired me to run down the street.

Noah is so good to his little sister. As I am walking Molly I can hear Amy crying through the window. She wants to be released from her room and greet the day. As I come in the house, Noah is carrying her into the living room. He looks up at me and fails to she his older sister laying on the floor and in one motion he trips over her sending Amy and himself to the ground. No one was hurt but it was very comical. Noah has innocent clumsiness down to a science.

Sarah (floor) had her friend (couch) over for the night. They were up very late.

Tommy was jealous of the girls and tried to stay up as late as they did. His glasses were confiscated. Yesterday Tommy talked his brother into something awful.

It is difficult to tell when Noah is emulating Tommy and when he is just being an 8 year old. He just drank a glass of milk and had milk on his check, all around his mouth as if it were sloppily applied lipstick, and dripping down his chin. He then proceeded to walk around the house as if there were nothing on his face. That is the kind of thing I would expect of Tommy but Noah I would expect would wipe his mouth and maybe even wash his hands. Noah has evolved some of Tommy’s blank stares and rude comments.