Internet navigators think small

Internet navigators think small: Researchers study how communities change the Web. article says Small-world online communities reflect the structure of the wider Web -- but they change the way people use the Internet, researchers say.

    Scientists who have mapped out the structure of the World Wide Web are focusing increasingly on the smaller picture: how it is that online villages coalesce. Such research can help you hook up more easily with the information and people you’re looking for — but they could also help marketers and politicians figure out more easily where you’re coming from.

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That's interesting. So blogg

That's interesting. So bloggers seem to tend to link to the same places, reducing the opportunities for serendipity. Maybe we can come up with a way to automatically insert links to less visited places instead of just popular links to increase serendipity?

Metadata systems have similar problems: they are often used to indicate "more articles like this", thus creating a feedback loop that locks the user within a small world network of related articles. A function to generate links to places not in the local network, or to hubs, would probably be a good thing.

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Sounds like marrying the idea

Sounds like marrying the idea of an anti-thesaurus with the invisible web.


Perhaps a good ReferrerLinking service would provide not just the most popular referrers, but also the most recent new entries (ie. the bottom of the popularity list), thus encouraging more outside linking.