Archive for the 'Memetics' Category

The Viral Nature Of The Minds Of Children, Part I

Since I have extremely interested in memetics, I have opened a keen eye to the way that the children interact with each other, and what influences them. Most importantly, I have watched to see memes transmitted from one child’s mind to another quite easily.

To further this aim, I have created a new channel on The Memoirs (Memetics). In this channel, I will also reprint most of my original articles from ViralOne, so that they are all located on one blog.

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The Unwisdom of crowds, Introduction

After reading Marc Fawzi’s articles on the wisdom of crowds, we were confronted with the unwisdom of crowds, which is actually the mob mentality. It has been proven that the more people are together, the less intelligent decisions will be taken because of mob mentality.

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Towards Digg 3.0, a true Digg Nation

In this article, we examine the impact of the new features launched by digg recently and what they need to do to change market arenas and move forward in the next few months. Also we examine what Calacanis has been doing with Netscape’s memedigger.

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Memediggers, a series of examples

In this post, we examine the memediggers that are available. There are always new ones popping up. These sites enable users to submit links and stories, which are then voted upon by the community of users. The more stories and links are liked, the higher they move up to the front page. Getting “dugg” can generate huge amounts of traffic.

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News from the Spanish Blogosphere

We have been made aware of a Spanish memedigger called Menéame. It’s currently in beta form and looks quite polished.

A great post on the state of the blogosphere in general and the Spanish blogosphere by Recuerdos del día de mañana, which translates into Memories from the morning of the day. For the Spanish speakers, here is a direct link to the post in question. For the others, a translated version. The article goes back and tackles some of the issues breached by Jason Calacanis and his attempt to hire the best users of digg and other memediggers to work for Netscape.

Bohamled, author of the blog, also makes a parallel to the Spanish memedigger Menéame and how he realizes that there must be a Menéame mafia, similar to the digg mafia and how that must influence the Spanish blogosphere. He mourns the loss of objectivity when these types of moves are made by corporation such as AOL and Netscape.

Memes, a set of examples, theories and ideas

In this article, we discuss and examine the idea of a meme with theories, examples and reasoning. We concentrate on the memes generated in the blogosphere and in IT, leaving aside cultural and linguistic memes. We also examine the impact that memes have on web site traffic and on the blogosphere.

As described before, a meme refers to a replicator of cultural information that one mind transmits (verbally or by demonstration) to another mind.

In the context of the blogosphere and IT, a meme is an idea, video, story that is transmitted from one user to the next, via a blog based medium, be it a vblog, a blog or a podcast. It empowers the blogosphere to be an almost instant agent of information dissemination, if the memotype of the meme is relevant to enough people.

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Viral nature of an idea

From Seth Godin’s, his ideas on what makes ideas viral.

What makes an idea viral?

For an idea to spread, it needs to be sent and received.

No one “sends” an idea unless:
a. they understand it
b. they want it to spread
c. they believe that spreading it will enhance their power (reputation, income, friendships) or their peace of mind
d. the effort necessary to send the idea is less than the benefits

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