What Is This Called, And What Are Other Examples Of It?

by BizBoost 10 replies
Greetings folks, one of my passions is in creating, discovering, and exploiting synergies. For example, the site Amplicate.com picks up Twitter tweets that contain the word "love" or "hate" and adds them to a tweet list after the "home spun" list of comments posted at their website on that topic.

Tweeting "Warrior Forum Rocks!" or "I love Warrior Forum" would land in the Twitter feed under comments about Warrior Forum made AT amplicate.com -- the same would be true for "Warrior Forum S*cks!" and "I H*te Warrior Forum!"

I know another gent who has a website which harvests and posts all tweets from his followers that use all the characters alloted. Useless or not, is not what I'm after here.

What is that called, in online jargon, when an action in one part of the internet triggers actions at another part of the internet? And can you think of any other examples?

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Do you mean the butterfly effect?
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    • Profile picture of the author BizBoost
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      Do you mean the butterfly effect?
      Well, it could be, but the butterfly effect seems to have more to do with a small action eventually magnifying to big results way down the road. I guess, perhaps, I'm wondering what we might call those steps in between where the action is amplified. It would seem awfully strange if a butterfly flapping its wings in Tokyo petered out to a tiny puff of wind by the time it reached another butterfly in New York that merely tacked around it.

      Here's another example albeit less passive:

      I install code from a Topsite directory on my web page. Every view I get raises my count in the Topsite directory. Yes, I had to install a piece of their code for that to happen so it's not *exactly* what I'm talking about but I am trying to find other examples of sites who *monitor* the web for certain actions.

      Like Google Alerts, they constantly monitor the web and then notify anyone with that phrase alert. You can play with that baby in some serious ways.

      What is that called, or what shall we call it?

      Eric
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      • Profile picture of the author Newman8r
        not sure about the name of it but it's done through APIs which many popular sites provide.

        If you use the twitter API for example, you can program your website to do whatever you want based on the available data on twitter - such as when someone tweets a specific keyword
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        • Profile picture of the author BizBoost
          Originally Posted by Newman8r View Post

          not sure about the name of it but it's done through APIs which many popular sites provide.

          If you use the twitter API for example, you can program your website to do whatever you want based on the available data on twitter - such as when someone tweets a specific keyword
          Bang. You got me one step closer, thank you. So, I'm guessing that to expand that kind of monitoring to the whole web, we're pretty much looking at a site that's using the API of some search engine that's done all the aggregating. Sounds so simple, doesn't it....

          ...now, just to find some more examples of them.

          Thanks,
          Eric
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          • Profile picture of the author TerranceCharles
            The first thought came to me as "The Buttefly Effect" ...lol but also "momentum"
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          • Profile picture of the author Newman8r
            Originally Posted by BizBoost View Post

            Bang. You got me one step closer, thank you. So, I'm guessing that to expand that kind of monitoring to the whole web, we're pretty much looking at a site that's using the API of some search engine that's done all the aggregating. Sounds so simple, doesn't it....

            ...now, just to find some more examples of them.

            Thanks,
            Eric
            Yeah, APIs are one way to monitor large sites

            smaller sites and blogs usually have RSS feeds that you can monitor, and can search through - and you can do whatever you want with that data as well

            So, something you're talking about would probably make use of RSS feeds and APIs
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            • Profile picture of the author BizBoost
              Originally Posted by TerranceCharles View Post

              The first thought came to me as "The Buttefly Effect" ...lol but also "momentum"
              Elaborate more. What makes you think of momentum?

              Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

              It captures the zeitgeist, man ...
              lol ok, so, question is how do we exploit it? After all, if these people avail themselves of MY acitivity taking place "miles away" then I'm going to act more *deliberately*...

              Originally Posted by Newman8r View Post

              Yeah, APIs are one way to monitor large sites smaller sites and blogs usually have RSS feeds that you can monitor, and can search through - and you can do whatever you want with that data as well

              So, something you're talking about would probably make use of RSS feeds and APIs
              Yes, but then that API/RSS monitoring would DO something with that info so that one being monitored could act more deliberately in order to produce a profitable outcome.

              I'm trying to find some discussions and footprints at the moment...

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    • Profile picture of the author BizBoost
      Originally Posted by Liam Murray View Post

      Intresting.. I thought about the Butterfly Effect too but good post.
      I understand but I'm interested precisely because of this topic's obscurity. It conjures up images of the Butterfly Effect because that is the next closes approximation but it's not even remotely the Butterfly effect. The BE is a tiny little event that, through a successive number of events, has massive effects down the road.

      But, what I'm trying to learn more about is....

      ....what APIs and RSS feeds are monitoring the various sites I, and others, use, in a way that would allow one to behave deliberately to produce a desired outcome. In the original post, I referred to amplicate.com who monitors twitter for any instance of "rocks", "sucks", "hate" and "love" and, upon finding one, posts the whole tweet under a category heading.

      So, a tweet that says, "I hate gum" would appear at amplicate.com under "hate gum"....

      So, you could post some tweets on some very hot topics, like, "I love X" with an affiliate link to something high converting about X and it should appear in the Twitter feed under that category at Amplicate.

      Now, gaming that particular site might be more trouble than its worth but I'm trying to find other examples of "Do X at point Y and it appears at point Z and (possibly) does A, B and C.

      Best,
      Eric
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      • Profile picture of the author Cybria
        This made me think of an aggregated content site...a site that gathers information from around the web based on certain parameters and posts it all to one place. Oftentimes automated but people can add content manually as well.
        Another buzzword you can use is crowdsourcing....collecting info, data, and ideas from the mass of people, aka the crowd. But with crowdsourcing people usually offer this info voluntarily. So I think aggregating would be more suitable.
        I know this thread is old but I just wanted to bump it since I was about to make a post about amplicate. I just discovered it today. It can actually be a really cool website for gathering market research.
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