It's been almost two years since Time named bloggers the men (and women of the year). Shortly after that announcement, bloggers were first in getting out news about the immense devastation caused by a major tsunami in southeast Asia on Christmas Day 2004... but still, many people haven't a clue about bloggers or blogging. Just us, right?
Well, we have attracted scientific study! You may have already read about this project over on Carole's blog, but just in case you haven't, I will fill you in a bit. Acephalous has proposed to present a paper at the national MLA conference on how fast news (in the form of a meme) can travel through the blogosphere. You can read the more esoteric details about his experiment there, but in essence, he is asking that people spread this project around through their blogs and asks you to do the following:
- Write a post linking to this one in which you explain the experiment. (All blogs count, be they TypePad, Blogger, MySpace, Facebook, &c.)
- Ask your readers to do the same. Beg them. Relate sob stories about poor graduate students in desperate circumstances. Imply I'm one of them. (Do whatever you have to. If that fails, try whatever it takes.)
- Ping Technorati.
Heck, I have never had a need for pinging or technorati, but for Carole.... I will knit for Knit Unto Others (3 more days left to join us), and I will help out with this meme for the sake of science....
Have a great weekend!