An interesting (if now old) interview with “Marc Smith”:http://research.microsoft.com/~masmith/ about his work studying the overall dynamics of Usenet news. This form of online discussion is rather ‘old school’ on the Internet these days but it’s still interesting to look at and it lends itself well to the kind of quantitative analysis he performs. You can use some of his tools to search and study Usenet yourself – check out “NetScan”:http://netscan.research.microsoft.com/ for example.
30 January 2004
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