Ego play: My Erdős–Bacon number is 7, sort of

Paul Erdős was the most prolific publisher of mathematics papers (more than Euler). Much like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, mathematicians have an number to connect mathematicians to Erdős, as measured by paper co-authorship networks. It’s called the Erdős Number. I suppose, to be a purist, these connections should be via mathematical papers, but there’s a […]

Brief commentary on App.net, the new social network “that aspires beyond chat and ads”

I’ve been meaning to comment on App.net, a new for-fee social networking service. To me, it seems that App.net is trying to build an alternative social web – one where the users are not the product and the service isn’t built for advertisers to mine. Is this a Shadow Web? Is this the first step […]