Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Universe Is Not Flat >>> Let The Conversations Continue >>>


In April 2005, the first edition of  The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century >>> "... an international bestselling book by Thomas Friedman that  analyzes globalization, primarily in the early 21st century [was published]. The title is a metaphor for viewing the world as a level playing field in terms of commerce, where all competitors have an equal opportunity. As the first edition cover illustration indicates, the title also alludes to the perceptual shift required for countries, companies and individuals to remain competitive in a global market where historical and geographical divisions are becoming increasingly irrelevant."

While some may concur with Friedman, the World and the Universe Is Not Flat, As They Say In France >>> Au Contraire >>>.

The World And The Universe At Any And All Levels and Dimensions Exhibit  Dynamic Variation / Diversity / Etc. ; It /They Are Not Monolithic Or A Single Dynamic Phenomenon  >>>

The Well-Known Bell (And Others) Curves Graphically Represent The Wide Variation in Nature >>>

Part I

"In probability theory and statistics, the normal distribution, or Gaussian distribution, is an absolutely continuous probability distribution whose cumulants of all orders above two are zero. The graph of the associated probability density function is “bell”-shaped, with peak at the mean, and is known as the Gaussian function or bell curve."

The Red Line Is The Standard Normal Distribution

As In Life, As There Is (More Or Less On Ther Internet/Web), There Are Some Individuals That Are More Active/Engaged Then Others >>>

Part II

Jakob Nielsen, The Smartest Person On The Web, In An October 2006 Alertbox Posting Documents What Many Have Probably Observed >>>

Participation Inequality: Encouraging More Users to Contribute


In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action.

All large-scale, multi-user communities and online social networks that rely on users to contribute content or build services share one property: most users don't participate very much. Often, they simply lurk in the background. When you plot the amount of activity for each user, the result is a Zipf curve, which shows as a straight line in a log-log diagram.

In contrast, a tiny minority of users usually accounts for a disproportionately large amount of the content and other system activity.

User participation often more or less follows a 90-9-1 rule:

• 90% of users are lurkers (i.e., read or observe, but don't contribute).
• 9% of users contribute from time to time, but other priorities dominate their time.
• 1% of users participate a lot and account for most contributions: it can seem as if they don't have lives because they often post just minutes after whatever event they're commenting on occurs.
Soooooo .........
In A NutShell > A Few List Members Contribute Most Of The Postings To Any Given e-List
AND I Am Among Those Few >>>
Indeed > Overall My Blogs Are Ranked In The Top Five (5) Perecent And A Few In The Top One (1) Percent And Higher (Based On Technorati Rankings)
BTW: Traffic On My Blogs Is Much/Much Greater Than SiteMeter Indicates >>> The New Blogger In Draft Stats Document Significant Visitation >>>
For Example >>>
Since June 1  2010, There Have Been More 140,000 Collective PageViews Of Postings On My

And >>>

That I Have More Than 850 Followers On Twitter, Placing Me In The Top Slither

And According To Twitter Counter, I Rank #133, 554

In A Total Twitter Population of 34.3 Million Account

The New York Times Reports Today (08-30-10) That There Are
145 Million Registered Users On Twitter

Soooooo .........
Please Don't Diss Me For Being Actively Engaged >>> Or Because I Have Broad Interests
Believe It Or Not > I Do Only Post Items That I Believe Are Relevant Or Could / Might /Should Be Of Interest To My Colleagues
It's Not About Me : Many Of My Posts Highlight The Work Of Others >>>

BTW: While The Percentage Of Our Colleagues Who Read E-Lists Is Declining, In Favor Of Social Media >
WebJunction Survey > Library Staff Report Their Use of Online Tools > 2009 vs. 2010 > Academic vs. Public
A Significant Portion Continue To Do >>>
Soooooo .........
If One Does Not Wish To Receive My Posting, There Are Several Options As I Note In A Previous Post
DeDup > Removal Of Duplicate E-Mail Postings > An Idea Who Time Has Come?
While I Do Believe In Leprechauns [:-)] (And Actally Did See Their Houses On Inishmore, The Largest Of The Aran Islands, One Of The Island Groups Off The Coast Of County Galway, Ireland, In 2009), I Don't Believe In Silos.

Let The Conversations Continue >>>


Anonymous said...

Please stop spamming the library mailing lists!

Anonymous said...

Gerry, you are completely wrong about the impact of your listserv postings.

I repeat that you are a nuisance and a laughingstock, and your stock is only dropping as word spreads.

Stop. Now.

Anonymous said...

Even though you are among the 10% that provide content to listservs, that content is always so cluttered, stream of conscience, and asinine that it falls into the whatever percentage of listservs that is spam. Your posts are stifling the legitimate discussion of various lists.

The only reason you are ranked anywhere is because you always put URLs in your email messages and people click on them to see what is up with the idiot that is posting them. I've clicked on them on occasion in hopes of someone commenting that your post made no sense and had no relevance being posted on x listserv. Finally, people did that, and you're still attempting to justify your actions.

Please stop. If I cared what you think, I would subscribe to your blog and have its updates pushed to me that way. Because you push updates via email, it takes a second to deleted each one (usually sever), which just angers me because it is a waste of my time I could be spending on something relevant to my job. And because it annoys me, I'm less likely to want to support you in other ways, such as going to a conference presentation by you.

For example: I don't give a damn that you've seen a leprechaun. That has no business being posted in a library oriented anything.