Friday, June 16, 2006

Blog network analysis

Connectedness is approaching the end of its ten-day reign on the "Blogs of Note" list. It's been fun getting all the extra traffic and comments from newcomers to the world of social network analysis. Anybody wondering what I am talking about may appreciate jumping to this welcome post.

I have kept a close eye on my traffic since 06-06-06, and the statistics are dramatic. The chart below shows how the home page went from nowhere to being 95% of my traffic overnight.
The thing that has really puzzled me about the above chart is how being at the top of the ten blogs of note (as Connectedness was for 24 hours starting 9am PDT Tue 6/6, and as Farmgirl Fare is right now) is so different from being anywhere else on the list.

Are web surfers so mindless that we nearly always click on the top of the list, no matter what appears below it?

I recovered some of my faith in web-surfer intelligence and deepened my appreciation for the complexity of "blog network analysis" when I realized that not everyone sees the same thing when they point their browser at When I logged off the system and looked at it from a newcomer's perspective, the top ten "Blogs of Note" went away and I got this subscription screen instead, which only lists today's singular blog of note:
Moral of the story: It's easy to jump to the wrong conclusions from a network analysis if you forget that we (even websites) personalize the referrals that we share depending on who is asking.

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Muslim Unity said...

It seems people do tend to click the first site the most. I am the only one here it seems from the homepage.

Mark said...

how do you get those cool stats about your site?

Anneesa said...

I found the list of blogs of note from my dashboard and went through each and ever blogs listed.

Maybe not so random after all :)

something from me said...

Well I wasn't too mindless, I found you roughly half way down the list of blogs of note.

Mind if I pass you blog on to a few colleagues?


Bruce Hoppe said...

those interested in getting their own blog stats can just click on the charts I have posted and get to and Google Analytics (depending on which site I used to produce the chart you happen to click on)

Zach said...

I wish there was an easier way to find (browse) through blogs. . . The "blogs of note" is admittedly a mindless way of connecting.

Just posting so you'll click on this said...

99% of the losers who check out blogs of note do it everyday to leave half hearted complements and responces about how "cool" the persons blog is in hopes that someone will click on their name and go to their blog.

So after the first day or so 99% of the people who check out blogs of note already left a stupid post on one of your threads and don't bother coming back even though they told you how great your blog was.

I mean, that is what I am doing.


Bruce Hoppe said...

This sentence expresses my weakness for self-referential writing.

Nabeel said...

cxongratulations first of all for making it to the list .. now you use google analytics to track blog traffic .. that's awesome .. so do I :)

I wish they had a way of pin pointing users .. like where are they coming from instead of just the country info.