I woke up this morning to find that the robot video I shared last night has been +1'd or shared over 100 times in total, easily the most successful post that has appeared in my stream. Totally awesome, and a great opportunity to watch Ripples at work.
If you haven't been obsessing over Ripples already, the data analysis it offers is amazing! It even offers a timeline so you can see exactly how these memes spread across the G+ network.
Does anyone have a favorite Ripples graph for fast spreading content? The KONY 2012 videos are an obvious choice. There were two videos that went around, one on YouTube and one on Vimeo:
Notice that in both cases, the videos seem to spread much more by people sharing the video uniquely, instead of just resharing the posts of others. Pretty impressive for a video that spread so quickly! Notice also that in order to get reshared, you don't have to be the first to publish the content, or even close the first. You just need a strong network of followers: notice the Shepard Fairey circle for the Vimeo video is pretty late to the game, but still commands a fairly large circle.
Any other interesting Ripple graphs?
youtube.com – Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air. … The ripple diagram shows this post…