Friday

Meta-communities


I like that word, that's actually an accurate term for what I feel needs to be created, a community of online communities so we're not all locked behind the walled gardens of our particular communities/friends networks, like documents before the web. Saw the word first at Ross Mayfield of Social Text's blog, and I think it was coined by their new programmer Sunir Shah at the Meatball wiki. I think Wondir will serve as a meta-community as it grows. Blogging about it as a sort of meta-social network here.

P2P Threatened


This is pretty bleak. Was considering experimenting with the weme pool on a P2P network, although hadn't thought of it as a file-sharing network so much as a weme (wiki-meme) sharing network, although I suppose at some level it's the same.

Tuesday

Meme Experiment


Just found this at Scobleizer, can't get it to format right though:

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).
The original posting for this experiment is
located at: Minding
the Planet
--- results and commentary will appear there in the
future.
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:
as098398298250swg9e98929872525389t9987898tq98wteqtgaq62010920352598gawst(this
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). 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.)
INSTRUCTIONS
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: http://www.sifry.com/mt/mt-tb.cgi/162
(2) I found it via "Browsing the Web"
(3) I posted this experiment at URL: http://www.blogspot.com
(4) I posted this on date (day/month/year): 08/03/04
(5) I posted this at time (24 hour time): 15:34:00
(6) My posting location is (city, state, country): Seattle, Washington, USA
OPTIONAL SURVEY FIELDS (Replace the answers below with your own answers):
(7) My blog is hosted by: Blogspot
(8) My age is: 31
(9) My gender is: Male
(10) My occupation is: VP Online Community
(11) I use the following RSS/Atom reader software:
(12) I use the following software to post to my blog: Blogger
(13) I have been blogging since (day, month, year): 06/01/2003
(14) My web browser is: IE
(15) My operating system is: Windows XP

Weme words


Working through the idea of a "weme pool," and I've latched on to the word "weme," short for wiki-meme. Here are some words that work with "weme" as I think my way through this idea:

  • Wemeware: open-source software built to access and engage with the weme pool.
  • Kweem: a "naked weme," or a weme that has no hair, no changes to it.
  • Hairy weem: a rather obscene term, maybe I should change that, but this is a weme that has been tagged with any of an infinite number of possible tags to help others identify it in the weme pool (category, preference, buddy tag, security tag, etc)