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The Memespread Project

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 07, 2004

The Memespread Project. An attempt to chart the spread of a meme (in this case, a single Web page) across the Web from a single source (this here remaindered link). Spread the meme by linking to it.

Reader comments

disobeyApr 07, 2004 at 8:16PM

i challenge another blogger to make a page that copies the memespread exactly, but changes the named starting point… memejacked!

PaulApr 08, 2004 at 12:12AM

This is kinda lame. The meme is a meme is a meme is a meme is a blah blah blah. You’re linking to a page whose whole point of existing is to be linked to. Create something original and track that meme instead.

FirasApr 08, 2004 at 12:24AM

Hm.. I’d say it’s an ‘authentic’ meme even if in a twisted way.

AMApr 08, 2004 at 3:36AM

I’m starting a meme for my birthday!

JoergApr 08, 2004 at 5:39AM

I’m going to start one for ak47.tv …

Maciej CeglowskiApr 08, 2004 at 10:00AM

wanka wanka wanka wanka wanka

bryceApr 08, 2004 at 12:08PM

It’s like that scene in “White Noise” where people are taking pictures of the tourist trap “The Most Photographed Barn in America”.

StephenApr 09, 2004 at 1:52PM

The Google ranking for the meme.php page (and subsequently the home page of arbesman.net, linked at the bottom) is going to explode. Not that many people really care about google rankings, but still.

electricincaApr 09, 2004 at 3:20PM

I’m sure Sam Arbesman did this for a genuine scientific study but Stephen has also hit the nail on the head the Google PageRank for arbesman.net is going to go through the roof. Having achieved such a rank he could then profit from the Googlejuice by selling outbound links from the site.

ericApr 10, 2004 at 12:49PM

More power to him, i guess. He’s taking advantage of the obvious effect of the blogging community, and he seems to be the first with this particular gimmick.

JoergApr 12, 2004 at 12:09PM

White Noise … great book.

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.