Re: virus: Meme Transmission Rate Experiment

David McFadzean (
Mon, 09 Jun 1997 17:50:49 -0600

At 09:02 PM 09/06/97 +0100, Dave Pape wrote:

>A couple of my friends were thinking of using stuff like searchbots and
>numbers of search-engine hits (getting stats out of things like AltaVista)
>to track spread of ideas... but I can't see AT ALL how /that/ would work,
>cos I've got no idea how they were going to go about getting the stats.

It should be reasonably easy to track a catch phrase (if it is sufficiently
long and rare) propagating through Usenet using the search engine at

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus