Posts Tagged ‘Memes & Memetics’

What's After the Real Time Web?

October 27th, 2009

In typical Web-industry style we’re all focused minutely on the leading trend-of-the-year, the real-time Web. But in this obsession we have become a bit myopic. The real-time Web, or what some of us call “The Stream,” is not an end in itself, it’s a means to an end. So what will it enable, where is […]

My Burma Meme Spreads to 17,000 Web Pages in just one week!

October 3rd, 2007

I’ve been tracking the progress of my Burma protest meme. In just under one week it has spread to almost 17,000 web pages and it continues to grow. (For the latest number, click here). It’s great to see the blogosphere pick this up, and I’m glad to be able to do something to help raise […]

Networked Genome — New Finding Shatters Current Thinking

August 15th, 2007

A new finding has discovered that the human genome may be highly networked. That is, genes do not operate in isolation, but rather they are networked together in a far more complex ecosystem than previously thought. It may be impossible to separate one gene from another in fact. This throws into question not only our […]

Intelligence is in the Connections

February 20th, 2007

Google’s Larry Page recently gave a talk to the AAAS about how Google is looking towards a future in which they hope to implement AI on a massive scale. Larry’s idea is that intelligence is a function of massive computation, not of “fancy whiteboard algorithms.” In other words, in his conception the brain doesn’t do […]

'Bemes' are Defining the Blogosphere

February 19th, 2007

Tom Hayes has an interesting post in which he coins the word ‘beme" to mean a meme that spreads in the blogosphere. Michael Malone’s ABC News column on Thursday mentioning "bemes" has certainly produced a lot of interest.  Originally, I coined the word beme to describe a meme propagated by blogs and bloggers.  Now I […]

Interesting Idea: Start a Magazine that is a Wiki

September 4th, 2006

I was reading this article in Wired magazine about wikis, where the article itself is a wiki that the readers can contribute to — and an idea occurred to me. What if you could make an entire magazine that was in a fact a wiki? This magazine would be published online via a Website running […]

Radar Networks is Seeking Search Engineers for Large-Scale Web Mining Initiative

August 29th, 2006

My company, Radar Networks, is building a very large dataset by crawling and mining the Web. We then apply a range of new algorithms to the data (part of our secret sauce) to generate some very interesting and useful new information about the Web. We are looking for a few experienced search engineers to join […]

I'm Going to Start Blogging About Radar Networks Here

August 26th, 2006

I haven’t blogged very much about my stealth startup, Radar Networks, yet. At the most, I’ve made a few cryptic posts and announcements in the past, but we’ve been keeping things pretty quiet. That’s been a conscious  decision because we have been working intensively on R&D  and we just weren’t ready to say much yet. […]

Harnessing The Collective Mind

March 26th, 2006

Today I read an interesting article in the New York Times about a company called Rite-Solutions which is using a home-grown stock market for ideas to catalyze bottom-up innovation across all levels of personnel in their organization. This is a way to very effectively harness and focus the collective creativity and energy in an organization […]

Big Thinkers' Most Dangerous Ideas

January 4th, 2006

The Edge has published mini-essays by 119 "big thinkers" on their "most dangerous ideas" — fun reading. The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious. What is your dangerous idea? An idea you think about […]

A Cool Thingy…

October 9th, 2005

This is cool Click to see why.  I think this idea has great value for viral, meme-based Web advertising. Just imagine: Advertisers could release really cool animations to add to sites, and site owners could add them into their sites for entertainment or humor. The animations could run ads within them as well. It’s fun. […]

Folktologies — Beyond the Folksonomy vs. Ontology Distinction

January 26th, 2005

First of all I know Clay Shirky, and he’s a good fellow. But he’s simply wrong about his claim that "tagging" (of the flavor that is appearing on — what I call "social tagging") is inherently better than the use of formal ontologies. Clay favors the tagging approach because it is bottom-up and emergent […]

A Stock Market for Ideas

December 2nd, 2004

Media Mammon  is a new stock market for memes. You can invest play money in words and phrases that are spreading through the media. May the best meme win! See also: A Physics of Ideas.

My "A Physics of Ideas" Manifesto has been Published!

November 1st, 2004

Change This, a project that helps to promote interesting new ideas so that they get noticed above the noise level of our culture has published my article on “A Physics of Ideas” as one of their featured Manifestos. They use an innovative PDF layout for easier reading, and they also provide a means for readers […]

A Blog Novel

November 1st, 2004

Rohit Gupta, a Bombay-based writer, who also reads this blog, is writing a blog-novel. He has come up with an innovative way to promote it — by letting readers choose quotes from his text to “own” — by choosing a quote and linking to his blog-novel from it, he will in return link back to […]

Great Article on Psychohistory and Sociophysics — Can We Predict Behavior?

October 20th, 2004

Great find from Rob Usey at Psydex Corporation: This article is a survey of the emerging field of “sociophysics” which attempts to apply statistical mechanics to predict human social behavior. It’s very cool stuff if you’re interested in social networks, memes, sociology and prediction science. The article discusses recent progress towards Isaac Asimov’s vision for […]

Detailed Analysis of GoMeme 1.0 Results

August 26th, 2004

Greg Tyrell, a PhD student with a strong interest in bioinformatics, has put together a detailed analysis and report on the GoMeme 1.0 experiment, containing several visualizations and results of the survey. Nice work Greg! Also in other news, Google has started indexing the results. Currently there are 733 results when searching for sites with […]

Change This

August 16th, 2004

I am helping Change This, a project to spread manifestos on new ideas by key thinkers. They have asked me to help host one of their manifestos, Creating Customer Evangelists. You can also download it directly from

GoMeme 3.0 – So Funny: CIA Asks Bush to Stop Blogging

August 4th, 2004

Note: This experiment is now finished. (GoMeme 3.0 – Note: This is not an ordinary article. We have added some special information at the end. Read this entire article, and then follow the instructions at the end to pass it on in a new way…)

GoMeme 2.0 – Help Test This Meme

August 4th, 2004

Note: This experiment is now finished. GoMeme 2.0 — Copy This GoMeme From This Line to The End of this article, and paste into your blog. Then follow the instructions below to fill it out for your site. Steal This Post!!!! This is a GoMeme– a new way to spread an idea along social networks. […]

Can You Imagine What Would Happen if MoveOn.Org Used the GoMeme Concept?

August 4th, 2004

I wonder if anyone from MoveOn.Org or the Republicans will notice our GoMeme experiments? (Not that I’m taking sides — I’ll simply be happy if somebody wins the election!) Grassroots political campaigns could potentially really benefit from the techniques we’re testing here. For example, imagine a “blog meme” for a political campaign — a meme […]

FAQ for GoMeme 2.0

August 3rd, 2004

This posting is the FAQ and introduction for a new, improved, second-generation meme experiment that is designed to spread faster and more broadly than the first meme experiment. We call this kind of meme a “GoMeme” (pronounced Go-Meem), because it is a meme that is designed to Go. The actual GoMeme, which you can add […]

RFC for a New Distributed Data Exchange System

August 2nd, 2004

Matt Poepping has come up with an interesting idea for how to create a fully distributed searchable database on the Net. It’s a cool enough idea and approach that people should see his RFC and comment on it. He may be onto something important here.

A New Blogging Feature: Automated "Social Syndication" Networks

August 2nd, 2004

Here’s an idea I’ve had recently that is related to the Meme Propagation experiment (see posts below on this blog for more about that ongoing experiment). The concept is for a new, meme-based, way to syndicate content across blogs. Here’s how it might work: 1. You join a “meme syndication network” by joining at a […]

Is Your Blog a Hot Zone?

August 2nd, 2004

Meme Update: The Meme is already global and the rate of growth is showing signs of exponential increase. It’s made the Daypop top list, also same with Blogdex. It’s made its way onto several early-adopter sites and lists. Already the results are interesting. One thing that is clear is that there is quite a lag […]

GoMeme 1.0 — Testing Meme Propagation In Blogspace: Add Your Blog!

August 1st, 2004

NOTE: This experiment is now finished. This is an experiment in spreading ideas across weblogs using the principles of viral marketing and social networks using a new method for making content more viral, which we call a "GoMeme."

An Interesting Visualization of Word Frequencies

July 28th, 2004

This animated visualizer lets you enter a word (in the little search box on the bottom left) and then shows the word situated next to other words that are used with similar frequency in English. It’s cool — you can discover some interesting things. Read the about page for more on that. This system would […]

A Physics of Ideas: Measuring The Physical Properties of Memes

July 8th, 2004

by Nova Spivack, Original: July 8, 2004 Revised: February 5, 2005; February 28, 2010 (Permission to reprint or share this article is granted, with a citation to this Web Page: This paper provides an overview of a new approach to measuring the physical properties of ideas as they move in real-time through information […]

Minding the Planet: From Semantic Web to Global Mind

June 26th, 2004

Draft 1.1 for Review (integrates some fixes from readers) Nova Spivack ( INTRODUCTION This article presents some thoughts about the future of intelligence on Earth. In particular, I discuss the similarities between the Internet and the brain, and how I believe the emerging Semantic Web will make this similarity even greater. DISTRIBUTED INTELLIGENCE The Semantic […]

The Memecodes Project

May 7th, 2004

The Memecodes Project starts with randomly generated Web pages and evolves them to get more search results from Google. Brilliant idea. The only problem is that Google indexing isn’t frequent enough, making this process take a bit of time. Still, I think this is a very interesting new approach that could even be a useful […]