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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Entrepreneurial Brainstorming session N.3:

Which blogger hasn´t dreamt of accessing a sort of blogospheric map?

Blogs, as pretty much anything social, are organized in networks. If a visit doesn´t make of you a community member (Steve? Leo? ;-) ), leaving a comment includes you in a conversation and leaves a link towards your own personal space.

My idea would be to build a tool tracking networks on the blogosphere. In other words, would be an "automatic visual LinkedIn", where you could see who is connected to whom, and how strong their ties are. For instance, X & Y both leave comments on Z´s blog, so Z connects them. But Z leaves comments on Y´s blog, not on X´s blog, so the Y-Z link is stronger than the X-Z one.

I believe categories of bloggers should appear very fast, becoming communities of common interests (IT, Art, Rock music, entrepreneurship, Ventures Capital, Politics, etc.).

As usual, I´m not displaying any business model hint until it´s been commented (by the way, you´ll find commented what I think the business model answer is on


  • take a look at what the UTC (university of compiegne) did with political bloggers.

    By Blogger gandonfrancoisalbert, at 8/15/2006 05:33:00 PM  

  • Very interesting, that´s exactly what I´m talking about provided that names, a certain dynamism (new blogs, dormant blogs, etc.) and automacity are added.

    By Blogger Jeremy Fain, at 8/15/2006 05:43:00 PM  

  • I like it too, but how would it compare to e.g. technorati, which displays what blogs link to others? I much prefer your visual representation, but it's relatively easy for them to take an extra step and compete with you, if they so desired.

    One thing I would like to see in 'mapping of information'-world, in which there obviously are a few players, is to see a better ranking for relevance. Usually this is done by network-intensity, i.e. how many link to you and vice versa, but this to me seems more an indication of how well the blogger or information-provider is in marketing/networking, rather than how accurate his/her information is.

    As usual, I partially answer my own question: perhaps over time, people network only with "good" information-providers? But with so much information springing up constantly, can we accurately assess whether this information continues to be as qualitative as perhaps the next blog, or the next, or the next?

    By Blogger Vincent van Wylick, at 8/16/2006 11:47:00 AM  

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