Your contribution to science: Link to this post


Really.

A psychology grad student is doing a paper on the speed with which a meme will spread through Bloggerland.  Scott Eric Kaufman is testing a hypothesis that posts and ideas are skyhooked by high-traffic sites (this is a low-traffic site, Millard Fillmore being dead all these years and all; I got the post from Pharyngula, who gets as many hits in a day as I would get in a year at this rate — the hypothesis might be right.

Your role?  You need to link to the original post at Acephalous from your blog, and then ask others to do the same.  Here is the link at Acephalous:  http://acephalous.typepad.com/acephalous/2006/11/measuring_the_s.html.

Well, Acephalous is a much better writer than I, so here’s how he explains it:

  1. Write a post linking to this one in which you explain the experiment.  (All blogs count, be they TypePad, Blogger, MySpace, Facebook, &c.)
  2. 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.)
  3. Ping Techorati.

It’s all in the name of research.  Honest.

Think of all the poor graduate students in desperate circumstances.  Oh!  The humanity!

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