There is an element of serendipity, the randomness of connections and discovery, within social media which fascinates me.
For example, I have recently started up my own Librarything account, and the zeitgeist features with the random connections that the service brings up really interest me. The way it shows who likes what, which books are the most popular, which ones are the least. The way it judges whether you will enjoy a book, or not, based on your library and ratings. It’s an element that I really want to bring onto our catalogue. This self generated data is such a powerful tool to aid people in finding books they might enjoy.
Another example is in the search terms that bring people to blogs. On this blog up until this last week lots of our traffic has not been generated by searches. I know this because prior to this weekend, the most searched terms that had brought people to our blog was the name “Room of Infinite Diligence” with a huge total of 29. In fact the list of search terms has been quite small. Rather most of the traffic has been generated from twitter, and bookmarking. This weekend however, and I am struggling to think why, we have a massive amount of hits from the terms “epic fail” and “fail”. All of a sudden they have leapt to 99 and 44 hits respectively, nearly all on the weekend. It will be interesting to see if they bring more hits.
Indeed the search terms that have brought people to my other blog, Tararua Library, are many more and varied, but equally interesting. Below I posted pictures of the recent search terms bring people here, and the top search terms from Tararua library. From Tararua library 39 clues, and searches for the library/library blog dominatie. Not that unsurprisingly really, but where does “big women” come from, and why has it brought in so many hits? Its just plain weird.