Anjo is progessing apace with his tOKo tool, which aims (I think) to give some analytical clout to questions such as whether or there is any “knowledge transfer” between blogs. It’s intriguing stuff.

Spurred on by Ton’s call to arms, I sent Anjo my MT export to add to the experimental data. [Read the directions at Anjo’s blog for how to send him data]. Anjo quickly sent back the following picture (thanks Anjo!):

Interesting to compare the map with the one I’d done a while ago based on my blog keywords and SNA. tOKo makes me much more of a poet, and to be honest, that’s fine by me! (Especially as Anjo’s work is likely to be far more rigorous than mine)

I have to admit I don’t fully understand it, but Ton mentioned that all the results will be explained further at BlogTalk Reloaded – seems like another very good reason to go.

Midnight Oil

Peter Pesti is using Google Maps in a nice way. He’s mixed up the Google API with night time satellite shots from NASA to give you images like this.

It made me think of an old 1994 Al Gore speech, where he quoted Nathaniel Hawthorne’s comment that

“By means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time … The round globe is a vast … brain, instinct with intelligence!”

Wonder what the relationship is, if any, between connectivity and people burning the midnight oil? My guess is that there’s a reasonable correlation. And if there is, and you agree with the Hawthorne image, then you could almost view the pictures as a PET scan of this big brain we live in.

Of course, as Jack Vinson and Bill Brantley have pointed out, connectivity ain’t the same as knowledge or intelligence. And nor is it the same as global mental health.

Ho hum.

Mapping your blog mind revisited

A while ago I posted some thoughts about creating a mindmap of your blog. I’ve spent the last couple of evenings fiddling around with tags, a little easy php and Ucinet, some SNA software. I thought I’d post the rough and ready pics now, and do some more explaining when I’ve more time tomorrow.

A 3d visualisation of my blog tags

A 2d visualisation of my blog tags

Highlighting one tag (information overload)

If you want to have a play around with this sort of stuff, here’s what I did.
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Link Presentation (Outside and Inside)

Does anybody know if you can colour-code links based on where they’re going to?

What I’m interested in is getting (and giving) a quick visual indication of where the links on a post are headed. As far as I see it there are three types of links:
– links to self
– links to group (e.g. internal corporate blogs)
– links to outside (byond the firewall)

Even the first and the last would be great. Any ideas?

Visualising Communities and Characters

Looks like Anjo has gotten off to a flyer in 2005 – he’s done some really interesting work on visualising (weblog) communities and isolating the unique characteristics held by individuals in those communities.

It’s worth reading the posts for details on how he’s gone about it (and some of his caveats) – but it’s a neat possible way of navigating communities.
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RSS in 3 Dimensions

Does anyone remember putting on those clunky helmets and being demo-ed some VRML? Wasn’t that long ago. And I generally thought it was underwhelming to say the least. Dick Costolo of Feedburner looks to be revisiting VRML with a bang. As he says

“In my continuing artistic endeavor to bring you the best combinations of the retro and the leading edge, I am pleased to announce the world’s first VRML RSS reader, NewsWorld.”

And if you want to know what it might look like, below is a screenshot from the pre-alpha release.

Very sweet. You could geo-locate (albeit in VRML) virtual “community” clusters. Much like the “my mom works over there” idea.

[Thanks Anil for the pointer]


Over at Functioning Form, Luke ties a number of things together and muses about what he calls Web-log Continuum Sparklines[Thanks to Foe‘s feed for this]

A simple Web-log post continuum sparkline could plot the current post a reader is viewing, the previous posts it references, and the later posts that reference it. This paints a picture of where the current post originated (what ideas it draws from), and where it went (how those ideas evolved).

I love the idea of organising posts in a more topic-oriented way , but while I’m exceedingly tantalised, (Mr Kipling), by the grace of these little sparklines, I’m not sure they’ll give me enough of what I want … what are hot topics among friends I know/colleagues I respect/feeds I subscribe to etc. Still, it’s very much a step in the right direction and almost certainly larger than I think!