February 15th, 2006

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Six degrees of social engineering or the meme Mexican wave

A few years ago I joined in the Small World six degrees of separation experiment, where you try to get in touch with other volunteers via the people who the people you know think might know the people they know. My attempts all failed at the third or fourth hop because busy people who haven’t volunteered for a social experiment don’t put a lot of time into finding the next likely candidate.

Scoble’s suggestion for getting attention by gaming the blog search system (and testing out blog search) with a nonsense word like Brrreeeport makes me think of what the researchers said about weak links (people you don’t know very well) providing good connections to people you don’t know at all. People who comment in your journal might be people you know well (more likely on LJ because of the community feel) but often they’ll be weak links. The Mexican wave of people shouting Brrreeeport will showcase lots of people who read Scoble and if the post they create is more than just referencing the word Brrreeeport it might get people to click through to them, or to pick the meme up from them. But blogging feels more like a meritocracy than an oligarchy to me; as long as people can find you, they’ll read you for what you say, not who you know.
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Bleeding edge

So Simon is trying out the new Skype thing and I’m checking out Office Live and I comment that the site has only been live for seven minutes and it’s already slow (although as so often this week it turns out to be our DSL going down) and he says ’ah, bleeding edge of technology again"... and then I decide to try this new blogging client. Consider this an experiment. </p>

 There are many nice things in Post2Blog - though I’m not sure about the emoticons, I’m both amused and disconcerted by the feature that replaces certain words (like Post2Blog itself) with a snippet of stored text, it counts LJ user tags as a Web service and I’m not sure about seeing the tags in the post window as I compose. But it has a Word toolbar so I can compose in my favourite place (Word!) and I like the spelling checker. On the gripping hand, I can’t yet find any way to do LJ user_pics... 



EDIT: the LJ tags seem to need a little work
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Well, they're both connections...

I’ve been using the Word research pane a lot more since sbisson helped me hook Google up to it (using the OfficeZealot instructions), so I can right-click to search with whatever I’ve highlighted in my document. It defaults to the last research source which is sometimes the thesaurus, and this time, when I looked up 802.11n it suggested "matrimonial" and "marital". Secret words, handshakes, passing information back and forth - I guess there’s a connection!LiveJournal Tags: , ,