The folks over at Wired.com sure know how to come up with interesting InfoGraphics which turn complicated datasets into beautiful visual aids. This is no exception. Wired.com has put together a nifty InfoGraphic of how a blog post travels the interweb. The graphic starts off with a post being written and then published on a blog. The blogging service then pings servers letting the search engines know you have provided new content to crawl. Next, your post is crawled by search engines, data miners and the obligatory text scrapers. Then, the post content makes it’s way towards ad servers that serve ads based on the keywords that are found within the post.
Aggregators then take your blog post and send it out to human reader. Once your post is out on the web, social bookmarking takes over. At this point, people who find your blog post may comment or write their own post about the first post and the entire process starts over again.
The blogosphere explained in an elegant fashion. Does anyone know if Wired sells posters of their infographics?
While reading Wired Magzine, I came across this interview with Nicholas Carr who answered questions related to the future of computing. This article really struck a chord with me because of the following quote:
Q&A: Author Nicholas Carr on the Terrifying Future of Computing The scariest thing about Stanley Kubrick’s vision wasn’t that computers started to act like people but that people had started to act like computers. We’re beginning to process information as if we’re nodes; it’s all about the speed of locating and reading data. We’re transferring our intelligence into the machine, and the machine is transferring its way of thinking into us.
With the inclusion of myself, I’ve already noticed people beginning to think, act, and live as if they are a computer. For instance, if I ask someone a question, they don’t bother to think of the answer on there own, they Google It. Gee, just think how it would be if you were able to hook up a device to your brain that allowed you to browse through the net in real-time and allowed you to come up with answers to perplexing questions that you no longer needed to actually store in the brain. Why bother remember or learning anything when it’s all archived in the cloud, that can be accessed within seconds?
Do you look at the prospect of being nothing more than a node exciting?