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Donkey Baseball on Rocketboom

Picture_4Duane Kuss shot a video of Donkey Baseball in the small town of Richmond, Minnesota. He emailed me and said, "Chuck, I think you're gonna like this one." How could I not? I posted it on Minnesota Stories and passed it up the line to Rocketboom (as Duane suggested). Here it is in front of 300,000 people. This all transpired in a matter of hours. Dare I say? It's the magic of the long tail. Of course I haven't read the book yet, so maybe this behavior of interesting things bubbling up to the surface is it's own phenomenon.

Of course, in order for those interesting things to bubble up, it really helps if somebody is proactive. Lord knows I barely have time to see what's out there - I generally rely on people saying "Hey check this out." People may stumble upon interesting links or media completely randomly, but even then it requries the action of posting about it. This analysis of top Digg posters makes me wonder if the "bubbling up" phenomenon is overly influenced by a small group of tastemakers, rather than being truly democratic. That sure doesn't stop me from checking BlogsNow and TechMeme several times a day to see what people are linking to. Aggregators may be "influenced by the influencers" but they do a great job of bubbling up the hot conversations.

July 27, 2006 at 03:33 AM in Local, Videoblogging | Permalink


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The recommenders are key.

What's nice in the world of digg, blogsnow, etc. is that almost anyone with a high speed internet connection and/or a blog can be a recommender.

But in this antihierarchical, democratic environment "power-recommenders" will still emerge with disproportional influence, if only because they've got time to explore new stuff, to check it out as soon as someone in the lead recommends it, and to make their own recommendation as well. These individuals' tastes drive what's popular online, even if it mightn't be (or isn't) popular offline.

Democracy as a political system has this same issue.
It's the line from The Daily Show, although I'm sure it existed before them:
"Extremists run this country because moderates have shit to do."

But maybe this is just a post realizing you're a power-recommender, despite you barely having enough time. Because you've got people like Duane who will feed you stuff. And Baron has people like you who will feed him stuff.

Is all I'm saying.

Posted by: chris at Jul 27, 2006 12:49:18 PM

And Duane is fed by... donkeys. Yes, it's all making sense now. :-)

Posted by: chuck at Jul 27, 2006 1:01:18 PM

Media Shift: Should Community-Edited News Sites Pay Top Editors?

Posted by: chuck at Jul 27, 2006 2:29:48 PM

So what you're saying is Rocketboom owes you money,
you owe Duane a cut of that,
and he owes the donkeys some donkey chow.

Classic pyramid scheme.

Posted by: chris at Jul 28, 2006 2:33:26 PM