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Your Network Worth

What Is That Friendster Graph Really Worth?
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Much is being made about friendster and similar sites that want to capitalize on human networking.

Assign a set of scores, ranging from the number of connections to the combined purchasing power of these connections, and use it for important financial transactions.

Otherwise, how can you properly value someone like this:

"Sure he's a waiter now, but a girlfriend of a guy he knew in highschool knows a Hollywood producer"

theircompetitor, Feb 05 2004

Stock market to measure your social influence http://games.ventur...r-social-influence/
Apparently, someone is working on it [theircompetitor, Feb 24 2010]

Lenddo is baking this https://www.lenddo....ages/what_is_lenddo
[theircompetitor, Jul 19 2011]


       I don't get the point of those sites. I got an email from one, saying that "someone" was researching my background. I started thinking, "Oh shit--what did I do?" I sent them an email to find out what was said about me, and they said that information was confidential. How fair is that? Someone I know said something--good or bad--about me, but I have no right to know? That can't be legal.
yabba do yabba dabba, Feb 05 2004

       Hmm...a graph of a singularity. Can't be worth much.
half, Feb 05 2004

       half -- how did you manage to beat Zeno's paradox to get to a singularity?
theircompetitor, Feb 05 2004

       I don't think that people have a financial worth based on the kind of connections you express in your example, [theircompetitor]. However an argument could be given for evaluating some kind of influence instead. However any method of evaluation this influence would be arbitary - with any automatic calculation being prone to people maximising for the sake of it, without any real justification for their "value".   

       yabba: The approach you received was probably part of a sting to make you part with money for no good reason.   

       The classic pre-internet example of this is people contacting you to tell you that they want to list in you in a directory, their own "Who's Who", that you can buy from them. The venders get consumer details, which they can exploit or resell, and sale of the subsequent book that no-one other than their punters has any interest in or access to.
Aristotle, Feb 06 2004

       Aristotle -- the example is obviously tongue in cheeck -- however, your network does of course have value -- it's just hard to measure. Nothing the derivative bankers can't tackle, though, I'm sure.
theircompetitor, Feb 06 2004

       <[Detly] opens link in background, deletes annotation, goes to new tab, realises [Rods Tiger] is an idiot>
Detly, Feb 06 2004

       I'm happy to say I parted with no money. But it really pissed me off.
yabba do yabba dabba, Feb 06 2004

       My group in our department has been looking at this kind of subject. I hadn't appreciated the complex research issues - both in terms of telecomms/computing networking and social study of relationship.
Jinbish, Feb 24 2010

       stalk market.
FlyingToaster, Feb 24 2010

       With only a change of variables, this is a technique the US could, and probably does use to identify "high value" targets for assassination. In fact, if Pontecorvo* is to be believed the French did it already in the late '50s.   

       *_Battle of Algiers_ Highly recommended.
mouseposture, Jul 19 2011


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