Power Laws, Political Websites, and Inequality

Power Laws, Political Websites, and Inequality. “Googlearchy: How a Few Heavily-Linked Sites Dominate Politics on the Web” (pdf, 300k), by Matthew Hindman and two co-authors from NEC labs, is an examination of the link structure of some 3 million politically-oriented websites. The authors draw observations similar to those in the Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality piece: For each of the issues examined, most of the links are to sites in the top 20; and the median site gets a single inbound link. The power law still holds at lower resolution, when communities of discourse are split into subcommunities. The bottom line: we should be careful not to confuse retrievability with visibility. While I found the article a little verbose, there are interesting tidbits throughout – and a nice list of references. (Thanks, Kushal!) [Corante: Social Software]

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