GIGABLAST -- Right! I needed to figure out who invented RSS so I asked Gigablast and got the answer: Dave Winer. This is not as simple as it sounds because I used several twists and turns to get the answer. Winer's Gigabits are topped by the term "RSS." This is akin to looking at a set of car keys in someone's hand, seeing a Ford logo on their keyring and deducing they drive a Ford. It's admittedly an inexact science but one based on more than tea leaves. Then I egosurfed with Gigablast and see some interesting degrees of separation in my own life. Gigablast has trawled for current information, so my colourful past is well off its map. I've snapped a screenshot of the June 2004 results and plan to compare my November 2004 Gigablast footprint to it.
- Gigablast knows I'm in Ireland because it awards 44% of my "Gigabits" to "Ireland" as a term. Moreover, it knows I use Typepad.
- Its search trawl suggests the things I've written that have the greatest reach are about beating comment spammers, using RSS (Gigablast shows the red XML tag where it finds a feed), and the Fuji S602Z camera.
- There's apparently no hit metric in Gigablast because the most common terms attracting viewers to Irish Typepad deal with DOS emulators for Windows XP, the Nokia digital pen, and e-mail connections closed by foreign hosts.
- Gigablast says I'm closest to Chris Gulker and Dan Gillmor than anyone else.
Posted by Bernie Goldbach. Prompted by Gary Price. x_ref119