"the bloggers we like to think of as bigwigs (e.g. mrbrown, cowboy caleb, xiaxue, among others) arenít actually all that well connected in the bigger picture."
Elias Deodati shows a marvellous graphical display of the blogoshpere with the self-referential world of Singapore as a series of little red dots... Nice to know your place
[Truly, I actally typed "insular" instead of "/blockquote" at the end of that quoted paragraph above. Funny how the mind works.]
On a related topic, from Cory Doctorow, I note that I only recognize two names from Forbes list of 25 Web Celebs of 2006. One of them is Doctorow's, the other... guess.
Many of the "celebs" are listed as 'political bloggers'.
What does that mean in South-East Asia?
Oh that's right, unemployment or jail.
OTHER MONKEYS SAID
And is this wonderful blog on this chart?
The data is from mid 2005, when E@L was only moderately world famous and influenza, I mean influential.
But if you go to the original site at Datamining.com, you can look for me...