Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Memes - and more on Technorati beta-gone-live

OK, memes. They're apparently one of the latest fads, much like email forwards, without the promises for good luck, wealth or free M&M's. They bother me - forwards I mean, I NEVER forward them. OK, once I can think of in the last 2 years, and only because it DIDN'T promise anything. It was a tribute to mothers, and I liked the sentiment. Now these meme things...

They bug me too, and I'm refusing all meme taggage, period. But, what bothers me more is the fact that people think it's pronounced me-me. It isn't, it's pronounced meem. So enough dumbass jokes like "someone tagged me me with a meme." You're just making your idiocy publicly known. This morning's big project is to educate the masses (yeah, all 50 or so of you that see this page in a day.)

n. A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

n. [coined by analogy with `gene', by Richard
Dawkins] An idea considered as a replicator, esp. with the
connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much
as viruses do.

ok, on to other stuff, like further commentary on this new Technorati beta-gone-live thing.

I feel bad. I bitched about Technorati yesterday, and I haven't changed my opinion about the lack of those other 5 links, I do feel bad for not mentioning things like how much I love the Technorati service, what an awesome search engine it is, how it gives results on stuff you'll never find in a google search, etc... And I should probably mention that my little Technorati banner magically returned to normal, which I could kiss them for :)

See, in the middle of the night, I got like 6 hits on my blog from folks at Technorati, reading that post.After realizing that they were here, actually doing research (via Technorati search of course) on how people felt about the newly released live version. In other words, thesse guys aren't just listening to the comments that people are emailing to them, they're out actively searching out our opinions. Dedicated people, when's the last time you know of that someone from Google or Yahoo or any other damn site came to you or your site to find out how you felt about their services?

So now, I feel I must go find a feedback link, and tell them that I don't actually think they suck, I'm just having adjustment issues lol.


  1. It is kind of neat that they went looking. It takes a good search engine to find random text like that. It isn't like you registered them at your blog...

  2. that comment was so dumb, ignore me...

  3. "Adjustment Issues"... good title for your next chap book?

  4. haha Sounds like a good name for a poetry magazine too Martin - one that focuses on the new styles and movements in poetry.

  5. I had thought of a title already for Internet poetry, "Avalanche of Crap"- not that it really is all terrible, just that it fails to reach competence or universality (or, usually, coherence and literacy!). Kingsley Amis says "writing well will never be popular, and writing badly will never be unpopular".