Responding to Malcolm Gladwell's recent piece in the New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer argues that the strength of weak ties *does* extend to social activism.
This looks like being a thoroughly excellent event at The Royal Society, featuring Tim Berners-Lee and Albert-Laszlo Barabasi.
An extremely addictive bit of fun with small world network theory as applied to music.
Six degrees of separation as applied to Wikipedia articles. Read on to find the Kevin Bacon of Wikipedia pages.
An examination of behavioural contagion in social networks.
It turns out that the brain is a scale-free small-world network in a state of self-organised criticality. Just like the internet.
The entire text of this seminal work is online in HTML, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.
The spread of happiness, obesity and smoking habits through social networks.
This is required reading for anyone planning to join in the Werewolf games at the next BarCamp.
My new motto is "The Social Graph is a Spherical Cow."
They never taught this in my school.
Duncan Watts works at Yahoo Research? I had no idea! Ironically, it was Gladwell's Tipping Point that first led me to Watts' work.
The Sapir WIMP hypothesis: "The more easily you can talk about a user interface, the more easily you can understand how to manipulate it."