Bursty Community Formation in Blogspace. Absolutely fascinating paper on community formation in blogspace, by Ravi Kumar, Prabhakar Raghavan, Jasmine Novak, and Andrew Tomkins, called On the Bursty Evolution of Blogspace. (Free ACM account required — it's so worth it, just for this article.) [A Man with a Ph.D. – Richard Gayle's Weblog]
This is an itneresting read, but i'm wondering why this is different from say the irc community around certain events, etc. i don't think blogging is anymore bursty or really that bursty at all in comparison..