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Thesis Info

LABS ID
00088
Title
Blogviz: Mapping the dynamics of Information Diffusion in Blogspace
Author
Manuel Lima
2nd Author
3rd Author
Degree
Master of Fine Arts - Design and Technology
Year
2005
Number of Pages
98
University
Parsons School of Design - New School University
Thesis Supervisor
Christopher Kirwan
Supervisor e-mail
kirwanc AT newschool.edu
Other Supervisor(s)
Mark Stafford
Language(s) of Thesis
English
Department / Discipline
Design and Technology (D+T)
Languages Familiar to Author
Portuguese, English, Spanish
URL where full thesis can be found
www.blogviz.com
Keywords
Information Diffusion, Memetics, Weblogs, Online Social Communities, Information Visualization, Complex Networks, Diffusion of innovations
Abstract: 200-400 words
Blogviz is a visualization model for mapping the transmission and internal structure of top links across the blogosphere. It explores the idea of meme propagation by assuming a parallel with the spreading of most cited URLs in daily weblog entries. The main goal of Blogviz is to unravel hidden patterns in the topics diffusion process. What’s the life cycle of a topic? How does it start and how does it evolve through time? Are topics constrained to a specific community of users? Who are the most influential and innovative blogs in any topic? Are there any relationships amongst topic proliferators?