May 13, 2006

Still A Few Bugs In The Bogosphere Meme-Tracking System

techmeme algorithm flaw

I ought to try to figure out what's causing this, and how much fun I can have with it, before it gets fixed. In case the problem isn't obvious, in reality the Electronic Frontier Foundation and IPcentral are NOT discussing a post from my puny Z-list blog.

And here I was, feeling unhappy given the few dozen other readers the post had garnered, especially given the effort it took. Now I'm told it leads the discussion. That must be true, the computer says so! :-)

[Update: Looks like someone involved might have dropped by. Maybe I shouldn't have written this post. Oh well, at least I got a chuckle out of it.]

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in misc | on May 13, 2006 01:47 AM (Infothought permalink)

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I've been following this site (and running into your comments elsewhere) for some time, and your continued trotting-out of the term "Z-List" to describe your own site is a bit disingenuous. B or C, maybe, but don't pretend that no one's listening. =)

Posted by: Michal Migurski at May 14, 2006 02:19 PM

I say "Z-list" as rhetorical self-depreciation. Anything else, and it leaves me open for a comment of "Don't flatter yourself". Or "You're there? Well, I'm even worse off!". The difference between zero and a few hundred is really not all that significant when compared to tens of thousands.

Due to the exponential nature, I think the *social* structure is really A-list, B-list, "everyone else". Making fine divisions within "everyone else", while it can be done, strikes me in most situations as tending to miss the forest for the trees. I'd make such a distinction if doing a very detailed ranking study. But to point out that my blog post is *not* leading the discussion, I was just trying to convey I'm part of "everyone else".

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at May 14, 2006 08:11 PM