Saturday, August 18, 2007

It's a Blog, Not A Popularity Contest!

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They're pathetic! Those ridiculous self-serving "bloggers" who give each other "awards" and send "viral tags" --- you know who you are --- You're not really bloggers, you're people jockeying for higher rankings on blog popularity charts and social networking services by using software and / or other methods and techniques to cheat, subvert or otherwise find glitches in the system so that you can take advantage of tools REAL bloggers respect. The ultimate result is more money (you hope) from your pathetic little blog ads. You're smart enough to know better, but too caught up fancying yourself as "important" to resist the temptation to cheat and lead others along the same pathway.

First, you fiddled with Technorati rankings. Now, you're trying to manipulate feeds and other valuable services legitimate bloggers depend on. You are the spamsters of the blogosphere. But what is Technorati anyway? Even those seemingly close are in the dark: [Spambloggers pay close attention to the words in RED]
"Nor am I exactly clear what all this fiddling with the formula is really about. Reading the rankings from a year ago, I assumed that the point was to measure what Technorati so loosely calls "authority." There is a direct counterpart to this in the academic world, where the number and quality of cites are studied to track influence and the spread of ideas. You could argue that using Technorati numbers like academic cites is self-serving, stupid or both – but it at least had a certain intellectual consistency to it.

Now unlike citations (which is essentially what I take Technorati to be measuring), RSS Subscribers is a measure of a certain kind of "engaged" popularity. And it would very hard to see how it has any relation to the original concept of authority at all.

This means you have two metrics designed to measure fundamentally different things competing in a single regression equation. What exactly is it supposed to predict – authority in the academic sense or engaged popularity? This looks to me like a classic case of throwing advanced statistical techniques at a problem without really understanding what you’re about.

In my experience, this normally results in a muddle. And frankly, I think the whole exercise is a muddle... I know people love popularity contests. They love knowing who’s ahead in the Presidential election. Indeed, lots of people seem to care far more about who’s winning than who the better candidate is. But I detest that, and I think it’s corrupting on the whole system. It's also a terrible use of measurement, something I take seriously indeed."

If Blogs were rated using the below methods, the Spambloggers would populate the entire Technorati Top 100!
# Navel-Gazing Index (NGI): Number of Words about the author and authors friends / Total Non-Stop Words.
# False Modesty to Real Immodesty Index (Pygmy/BigMe Index): Count all fake modest phrases / all boastful phrases.

The Spambloggers also "talk" to each other via Comment threads. Don't be fooled by the "huge" numbers: look closely and you'll see it's the same three or four people commenting and re-commenting within the same post.

Now, the truth about those blog COMMENTS! I found this on Samantha Burns' Blog (Posted by Layla Elizabeth): The Spambloggers are mainly concerned with the words I've printed in RED.
You either acquire a comment following or you don't. That is how it is in blogging. But what blogging is about is getting the news out there without the media bias. What blogging is about is writing what is important to us. It is about being responsible with what and how we write for our readership. It is about being responsible. It is not about if you receive comments to every damn article you write. If you do great! If you do not, so what! Who the hell cares but you, maybe. An even bigger maybe is that you are the problem.

If the only reason people comment here on this blog is so I will comment on theirs - think about how school yardish that is. How petty it sounds. But many believe that and do this. Most bloggers do not care what other bloggers write about - unless it can in some way enhance their blog and hike up their stats.[more]
That final sentence sums up the Spambloggers! For an excellent article that examines the culture of the Blogosphere, take a look at How to Read A Blog (With a Nod to Mortimer Adler) by Alfred J. Fortin PhD (阿尔弗雷德·杰·福天博士), posting from Honolulu, Hawaii.

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