Interesting paper which has an impact on the power-law discussion. The chart shows that I'm not popular, but I have influence, whereas Anil may be popular, but doesn't have influence. ;-)OverstatedWeblogs and Authority
This week I'll be presenting a paper at the International Communication Association Conference in New Orleans titled Audience, Structure and Authority in the Weblog Community. The paper is an analysis of two different metrics for measuring authority within weblogs:
* Blogroll: A link from one weblog to the top-level of another, (e.g., links to http://overstated.net, http://www.overstated.net or http://overstated.net/index.asp). I assume this is a proxy to popularity.
* Permalink: Any link from one weblog to deep content on another (e.g. a link to http://overstated.net/04/05/24-weblogs-and-authority.asp). I assume this is a proxy to influence.
The following table shows the top 20 for each measure. One observation is that many of the top ranked sites are community weblogs (e.g. Slashdot or Memepool). These sites play the important role of hubs, maintaining ties to more weblogs than a single person would be able to. They allow information to diffuse quickly between distant parts of the network of readership.
Blogroll Degree Rank Permalink Degree Rank links url links url 1. 2581 metafilter.com 1322 boingboing.net 2. 2434 slashdot.org 1270 diveintomark.org 3. 2146 boingboing.net 1096 metafilter.com 4. 1825 kottke.org 1073 slashdot.org 5. 1604 instapundit.com 982 kottke.org 6. 1527 scripting.com 976 weblog.siliconvalley.com/column/dangillmor 7. 1307 evhead.com 956 instapundit.com 8. 1220 andrewsullivan.com 828 andrewsullivan.com 9. 1062 memepool.com 827 themorningnews.org 10. 1007 doc.weblogs.com 826 rathergood.com 11. 977 megnut.com 819 textism.com 12. 961 littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog 683 denbeste.nu 13. 899 diveintomark.org 626 doc.weblogs.com 14. 880 littleyellowdifferent.com 625 asmallvictory.net 15. 848 textism.com 582 rightwingnews.com 16. 846 rebeccablood.net 577 microcontentnews.com 17. 758 plasticbag.org 568 joi.ito.com 18. 737 dashes.com/anil 560 buzzmachine.com 19. 719 ftrain.com 553 waxy.org 20. 714 plastic.com 522 a.wholelottanothing.org
A second observation is that the lists are fairly distinct. While some webloggers hold top positions in both ranks, the list diverges considerably as the position increases. While Blogrolls tend to support the weblog elders (scripting.com, evhead.com, etc.), permalinks suggest a different set of authors as influencers (joi.ito.com, buzzmachine.com, etc.). Looking at the differential between the ranks in the figure below, it is apparent that as soon as the rank passes 100, the correlation between Blogroll and Permalink rank becomes less defined.
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