RossMayfieldsThreeScalesOfNetwork (ThoughtStorms)

From RossMayfield at http://radio.weblogs.com/0114726/2003/02/12.html#a284,

(and http://radio.weblogs.com/0114726/2003/04/09.html#a391))


There are 3 scales of network

The political network of large numbers of people. Connection here works according to PowerLaws

The social network (around 150 people). The people you know. Attention divided according to a Gaussian(?)

The Creative network (around 12 people) Your collaborators in projects. This network is fully connected (everyone talks to everyone)

Information can filter from one network to another through common persons / nodes


Compare : ChristopherAllen on OptimalGroupSize


RichardMacManus suggests a couple more scales : http://www.readwriteweb.com/2004/01/18.html#a189



Looking at wikis for the different scales : WikisAtDifferentScales


Compare with this discussion of TheLongTail : which http://longtail.typepad.com/the_long_tail/2005/05/headism.html which segments the tail into different scales and argues for different economic models at each.


Mayfield bets ClayShirky

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See also BillJoysSixWebs


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