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Metification and blog certificates.

My colleagues are moving into blogging 🙂 One of them, Anjo Anjewierden starts with a couple of interesting ideas.


So, what is “metification”? Metification is the idea of taking a set of data resulting from a knowledge worker and representing it such that it stimulates new ideas or insights. The term “metification” originates from “meta-ideas” which got contracted to “meti”.

I guess the example of e-mail visualisations in my previous post is a case of metification 🙂

Blog certificates:

Such a certificate would present to the user (e.g. potential blog reader) in one glance some fundamental characteristics of the blog, comparable to certificates for movies. In order to avoid that a certificate has to be compiled manually the characteristics must be mechanically computable. An initial selection would be:

  • Frequency (average number of posts per day).
  • Length (average number of words per post).
  • Quotes (percentage of content that is quoted from elsewhere).
  • Self links (percentage of links to own blog).
  • Other blogs (percentage of links to others blogs).
  • Other links (percentage of links to other websites).

If we would have averages for the above and then compute relative values for a particular blog, the result might be useful. For example, a relatively high score on “Self links” points to an introspective blogger, and a relatively high score on “Other links” points to a blog that filters the web (also given in the cited paper).

This is something I’d like to have at least for my weblog. As I said in a previous post: I’m selfish 🙂

Specific comments:

1. Extracting quotes is not an easy task given that there is no common way of formatting them.

2. Introspection is not necessary revealed by high numbers of links to oneself, someone can write in a very self-reflecting mode without any links. What “self links” probably reveal is use of own weblog for connecting and organising ideas (~ personal information management flavour).

This post also appears on channel weblog research

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