John Allsopp has created this flowchart of the research and development involved in the creation of a new microformat. It looks kind of like the workflow of any good iterative development.
Link archive: March 17th, 2007
Todd Levin of tremble.com pens a truly hilarious write-up of South by Southwest Interactive 2007.
The Dunbar number gets bandied about a lot in conversations about social networks these days. Here's the original paper that shows the research behind the oft-misused term.