By Deane Barker | March 16, 2004 | 1 Comment
Warning: Blogs Can Be Infectious: I would complain, but I’m probably guilty as hell.
The most-read webloggers aren’t necessarily the ones with the most original ideas, say researchers at Hewlett-Packard Labs. Using newly developed techniques for graphing the flow of information between blogs, the researchers have discovered that authors of popular blog sites regularly borrow topics from lesser-known bloggers — and they often do so without attribution.
It’s like a food chain. The people below you are screwed. Tough for those of us near the bottom. (Found via Boing Boing, but do I have to say that since they’re bigger than me?)
If you think about it, in a way blogs are just human-driven peer-to-peer sharing, only for news instead of files. Someone plugs in an article from outside the blogosphere, writes about it, other bloggers read it and write about it, so now the item has spread to their node. The large nodes cause faster distribution, but an item can often get picked up from a small node by a larger one.