Digital Culture

My favorite piece of writing this evening

Here’s my favorite tidbit from my writing fest this evening.

…links are the currency of the web. In network theory, Metcalfe’s Law says that the value of a system grows as approximately the square of the number of users of the system. That is, for any network, adding a node increases the value of that network. As well, adding a link to any piece of information on the web increases the value of that piece of information from the perspective of search engines, and increases its findability. Every bit of content that you re-purpose and link to becomes more valuable simply by the fact that you have chosen to do so.

Is that a law of the internet yet? “The value of any piece of information increases geometrically in relation to the number of links pointing at it…”