Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Help Make Blogs More Visible!!

Just a bit more about the post below. I have been busy and am behind on my reading. Trying to catch up on some of it via Mark Fletcher's Bloglines (still a great web-based aggregator and it only gets better - Thanks Mark!). I actually saw the post mentioning GoMeme 1.0 on Mark's own blog, wingedpig.

I followed the link to GoMeme 1.0 on Nova Spivak's site, Minding the Planet, and noticed it was up to GoMeme 4.0 now, so I went ahead and posted that one even though I wouldn't have known about it without reading Mark's post.

It is interesting how topics do propagate via blogs. Nova points to a post by Greg on, a bioinformatics weblog, which analyzes the results of GoMeme 1.0.

I think one of the things about the way some topics propagate is that they could actually become somewhat dormant and then simply re-emerge once again when picked up by one person starting the spread all over again. I could see this happening more as more people join the blogging world and as more people rely on web-aggregators let them catch up on their blog reading at their leisure.

As I look closer at the GoMeme 1.0 page I notice it states:

NOTE: This experiment is now finished.

I don't know if that is for all versions as they are all mentioned in the post or if that is just for 1.0. Anyway, as I just pointed out, even if it may be over, it may still live on.

I think the notion of everyone pointing back to a story can definitely help market that story and increase the story sites hits, but I am not sure how much more traffic that would send to a small blog like mine. I guess if I see a significant increase in hits on my site as a result of the post below, then I'll know.

I did find it interesting that the instructions were to cut and paste the post, but browsing I noticed some examples of GoMeme 4.0 that were different in the first sentence alone.

There are by some estimates more than a million weblogs.

As I saw it posted on Nova's site.

There are by some estimates more than 3 million weblogs.

So "more than a million" versus "more than 3 million".

Nova points to the current results of Version 4 (I guess we are to simply go by the number of results found).

Out of curiosity I did a Google search based on the first sentence in the different formats and find the "more than a million" showing up more.

You can see for yourself:

"more than a million"

"more than 3 million"

Hmm. I wonder if it would propagate even quicker if you mentioned that Microsoft was trying out some new tracking software and by posting this on your blog you might have the chance to win a trip to Disneyland. ;-)

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