Bandwagon-Jumping as a Scientific Experiment

This posting is a community experiment started by Minding the Planet to see how a meme represented by a weblog posting spreads across weblogspace, physical space and time. It will help to show how ideas travel across weblogs in space and time and how weblogs are connected. It may also help to show which weblogs are most influential in the propagation of memes. The original posting for this experiment is located at: Minding the Planet; results and commentary will appear there in the future.

Please join the test by adding your weblog (see instructions, below) and inviting your friends to participate - the more the better. The data from this test will be public and open; others may use it to visualize and study the connectedness of weblogspace and the propagation of memes across weblogs.

The GUID for this experiment is: as098398298250swg9e98929872525389t9987898tq98wteqtgaq62010920352598gawst (this GUID enables anyone to easily search Google for all results of this experiment). Anyone is free to analyze the data of this experiment. Please publicize your analysis of the data, and/or any comments by adding comments onto the original post at Minding the Planet. Note: it would be interesting to see a geographic map or a temporal animation, as well as a social network map of the propagation of this meme.


To add your weblog to this experiment, copy this entire posting to your weblog, and fill out the info below, substituting your own information in your posting, where appropriate.

Required Fields

(Note: Replace the answers below with your own answers)

  1. I found this experiment at URL:
  2. I found it via Newsreader Software or Browsing or Searching the Web or An E-Mail Message: Newsreader Software
  3. I posted this experiment at URL:
  4. I posted this on date (day, month, year): 02 August 2004
  5. I posted this at time (24 hour time): 22:46:00
  6. My posting location is (city, state, country): Hartlepool, England, United Kingdom

Optional Fields

(Replace the answers below with your own answers):

  1. My weblog is hosted by: My ISP (ntl)
  2. My age is: 18
  3. My gender is: Male
  4. My occupation is: Student
  5. I use the following RSS/Atom reader software: Sage
  6. I use the following software to post to my weblog: Human Brain v1.0, Notepad, the Mooquackwhatnotbot, FileZilla
  7. I have been weblogging since (day, month, year): 2 February 2004
  8. My web browser is: Firefox

Yes, I do refuse to abbreviate weblog.