Wednesday, 28 April, 2010
Unbelievable. It’s not the quality, or tone, of articles that a blogger writes, but rather their quantity, that has the greater effect on a blogger’s overall popularity.
She found that the more words a blogger posted, the more friends they had and the higher their attractiveness rating. The tone of their posts – whether they contained mostly positive or negative comments – had no effect. The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference this week.
This is the news I’ve been waiting for…
Friday, 26 June, 2009
Fame itself is viral if the enduring popularity of some celebrities, even those who have not achieved or performed anything especially noteworthy in quite some time, is anything to go by.
Prominent people stay popular for longer than they ought to because they serve as conversational fodder, which in turn drives more media coverage. “Take Paris Hilton, somehow or another she became well known and now people are more likely to talk about her,” Fast says. Mark Schaller, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, agrees. “It does provide an answer to the question of why fame is self-perpetuating, even when the famous person isn’t doing anything fame-worthy anymore.”
Tuesday, 23 June, 2009
The real measure of a song’s popularity is not in the number of sales but rather the number of times it is listened to, information that is now relatively easy to collect by way of desktop and portable music players.
Forty years ago, a music label like Capitol would know how many copies the album Abbey Road sold in the U.S., but the label wouldn’t know how many times people actually listened to the album. Today, however, our iPods and desktop music players keep careful track of how many times we play each song, album and artist – giving us a whole new way to look at artist popularity. It’s not just sales figures anymore, its how often are people actually listening to an artist.
Thursday, 16 April, 2009
In order to increase their influence, and become more highly regarded by a greater number of people, does a previously outspoken person need to adopt more conventional, or mainstream, views?
The short answer is often yes, which usually goes on to – rightly or wrongly – result in charges of “selling out”.
Influential people are asked to write increasingly on general interest topics (“How to Be Nice to Dogs”) and thus they find it harder to be truly unconventional. They cultivate skills of conventionality because that is what they are paid for or allowed to express.
Monday, 6 April, 2009
Web server melting levels of traffic are the contemporary equivalent of a standing ovation writes Sasha Frere-Jones:
What is the mark of Web success in 2009? A million page views in a week? A spike in Twitter mentions? Both are meaningful indices, but not quite as satisfying as traffic crashing your whole site. It’s the Internet version of a standing ovation. (Granted, a small bandwidth and a modest server could lead to a Web site going down unnaturally quickly, but a lotta traffic is still a lotta traffic.)
Unfortunately when such situations occurred while disassociated was hosted on a certain Australian web host, it was deemed a denial of service attack. Australian websites, I came to learn, do not apparently warrant slashdot effect like levels of traffic…
Wednesday, 4 February, 2009
What is cool design? While what is considered vogue and popular may change over time, it seems that word itself, cool, remains the word to use when describing something as such.
Ultimately, the cycle of cool is fuelled by our appetite for the uncommon, or that which is novel. Therefore it can be expected that cool is born on the edges of society – among groups that do not fit the status quo. While one might expect that cool falls within the realms of that which is considered popular, this is only half true. Concepts of cool are constantly operating within a cyclic structure; that which is considered cool is not considered such for long, but rather becomes popular and then quickly becomes uncool – hastily making way for the next trend.
Tuesday, 7 October, 2008
Not to sound too mercenary, or put down those who are genuinely interested in helping others, but it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that people contributing to websites other than their own, are hoping their efforts will in-fact win them some recognition or profile as a result:
The success of “crowdsourced” websites like YouTube and Wikipedia has puzzled psychologists, since a small number of people do most of the work for little obvious reward, while the rest benefit, seemingly without giving anything back. One explanation is that people just feel good helping out the community, but now researchers at Hewlett-Packard’s lab in Palo Alto, California, have shown that contributors are in it for personal glory, not public service.
Thursday, 28 August, 2008
As voted by ABC viewers in Australia.
While I only saw 27 of the overall top 100, I did see seven of the top ten movies.
Via Twitter and Monica Tan.
Tuesday, 8 April, 2008
Time.com’s First Annual Blog Index
From millions of blogs about nothing, we’ve selected the 25 best about something – from politics to sports to sex. And, yes, we’ve got a few about nothing, too.
As with the The world’s 50 most powerful blogs, published recently by the The Guardian, political blog The Huffington Post was ranked number one.
That choice didn’t sit well with some Guardian readers, I wonder how Time readers will respond…