My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder/president of Data & Society. Buzzwords in my world include: privacy, context, youth culture, social media, big data. I use this blog to express random thoughts about whatever I'm thinking.

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gossip & news spread in blogs

I really like this little infographic on “How News Travels on the Internet” (even if infographics make me think USA Today which is *not* a good connection). This is definitely one sphere of blogs. Of course, i immediately thought about creating my own infographic (except that i despise infographics) on “How Gossip Travels on the Internet.”

The thing is, things twist all around when you do that. The “Dark Matter” becomes the SOURCE, personality tests become the “Dark Matter” and “Offline Media” become the “Traditional Big Media.” Plus, instead of having greater/lesser blogosphere based on visits/day, you have hipsters/dorks based on internal perceived fashion (note: everyone thinks that *they* are the hipsters and that everyone else are the dorks so these graphs are inevitably individual-centric). What’s important though is not getting to some “MetaNews” but affecting Friendster Profiles and getting loads and loads of support in the comments. That way, everyone knows that you’re gossip is way more valuable than anyone else’s. And then, of course, there’s Gawker.

Also, Chandrasutra pointed me to this fun Village Voice piece called Blogging Off. It’s all about the social disasters due to blogs. (For example, how much have you given up daily chatter with people cause you know what their doing cause of their blog?)

My favorite line: “There were four or five of the blog-free in attendance (all of whom admitted to being on Friendster, however, which is basically just a gateway drug [to blogging]).” Hmmm…..

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8 comments to gossip & news spread in blogs

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  • Jeff

    What’s wrong with personality tests? 😉

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