I read the Wired article Warning: Blogs Can Be Infectious, and thought it was informative. But it seemed to be lacking the big picture view of how the news travels. was also amusing and showed how attribution is underrated, but it too seemed sorely lacking cohesion, nor was it a very new topic. So I thought to myself: “Hey this isn’t all that complicated, I should make a visual diagram to illustrate this”. And this infographic was born.
Here’s how I see news travel, I think it’s a pretty self-explanatory graphic, plus I’m too lazy to do a proper write up. Infer as you wish, maybe I will become the “source” one of these days.
Miscellaneous links to sites listed:
- Dark Matter
- Glenn Reynolds called email “the dark matter of the blogosphere” in a Wired interview. Naturally I extended this phrase to IM (Instant Messaging) , IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and forums. (link via blogosphere.us)
- MetaNews (I wasn’t sure what else to call it, it’s like collaborative blogging, except Google News)
- Fark – users post news and comments, which are hand-picked by admins, TotalFark (a listing of everything submitted, huge list) is a sort of “dark matter” as well.
- Slashdot – the grandaddy of the genre. More technically oriented.
- MeFi – shorthand for MetaFilter, blogging on crack (all users can post?). Not accepting accounts.
- BoingBoing – similar to MetaFilter, more blogging on crack.
- Google News – through the magic of Google… the news. Limited sources.
- Greater Blogosphere – basically just a high traffic blog, sometimes the lines blur between this and MetaNews
- Instapundit – Glenn Reynolds again, probably the most read blog on the Internet.
- Waxy.org – A high traffic blog that has a lot of offbeat news. Made the “StarWars Kid” popular.
- Lesser Blogosphere – me, basically… we’re all lowly citizens waiting for our 15 minutes, just like (yes, it was me who posted it to Fark). While we wait, we link and blab.
- Blog Indexing – these are services that show what’s popular based on how many people link to it in a certain period.
- Technorati – rankings also weighted based on how popular the site linking to the item is.
- Traditional “Big” Online Media – once they pick up a story, it can become a story again, how’s that for echo chambers?
- Offline Media – hey what the… I can’t link to them :)
Update: Fark picked up this story, I get to play the role of “source”, so let’s see how far it goes. I’ll track this as well as I can and see if I can build a case study from this. Thanks Drew!
Update2: There is now an interim article on my initial observations after being linked from all over. Also, apologies for the site going down for a while there, the database was being moved and server upgraded.