Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Mapping my Neighborhood

For a while I have been interested in different ways to look at information and how people interact to create new ideas. After talking about it for a while I decided it was time to actually do something about it. So over the holidays I hacked together some code to map the surrounding blog space from a starting URL. It is still a little buggy i.e. I get unexpected results sometime.

The code parses a starting URL builds a map matching links to URL feeds using several heuristics. The rational is that if you have an RSS feed you are likely a blogger therefore you are included in the map. This does exclude some notable sites and may include some non-bloggers but it gives a pretty good initial picture.

This is the first image map of my local neighborhood to a depth of three links removed.
Now that I have all this information at my finger tips the interesting thing is what can I do with it and what other relationships can I start to determine and visualize.

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