March 17, 2009
Today’s Question from Wendi at Wendi’s Book Corner: Do you visit the memes section often? Have you visited recently? Have you discovered anything that surprises you when you visit the memes for your library? Wendi asked last week for suggestions for upcoming TuesdayThingers posts and I suggested the LibraryThing Memes feature. I am fairly new to the blogging world and until a few months ago I had no clue even what a meme was. Browsing through blogs posts in my GoogleReader I had come across the word a few times and eventually figured out what they were…basically, as per Wikipedia, a meme is “a unit of imitation” and the Internet meme is “a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet” (at its most basic is a digital file or hyperlink). Did you know a link to the LT Memes feature is on your LT Home page? It is the last link or underneath “Your Home” in the link menu. I have seen LibraryThing memes before in blog posts, the Dead or Alive and Work Duplicates memes, and have been curious as to why memes are so popular in the first place and why LibraryThing added this feature. I thought it would be a great TuesdayThinger topic and Wendi agreed! I think we each have a need to connect with others and find common interests, which make memes so popular because they create a social and/or cultural bond between individuals. As for the current five LT Memes, here are some fun facts from my results. You and None Other - I do not share any books with exactly one member. Dead or Alive? - 16 of my authors are dead, 126 alive and 34 unknown. Dead or Alive Comparison - At 88.73%, only 4% of members have a higher alive percentage than me. Male or Female? - Only 28.82% of my authors are male. Work Duplicates – I have no work duplicates. What really surprised me is that I share no books with exactly one member…I guess most of the books I read must be popular ones.