[LINK] docking the internet's tail
kim at holburn.net
Mon May 18 17:14:19 AEST 2009
It has been for some time (2004 is a long time ago on the internet) a
dream of the internets, that it would allow people to get access to
all sorts of exotic, esoteric, non-mainstream stuff:
> The Long Tail
> Forget squeezing millions from a few megahits at the top of the
> charts. The future of entertainment is in the millions of niche
> markets at the shallow end of the bitstream.
There was some debate last year started by Anita Elberse:
Naturally it's difficult because getting statistics about something
that might by definition not have very much data is not necessarily
going to lead to accurate results.
Now here is an article showing that the "blockbuster" effect (the
opposite of the long tail) works in P2P networks.
One thing everyone is happy using P2P for is finding out what's
popular. But protocols like bittorrent tend to skew data away from
the long tail. Bittorrent works better the more popular a thing is.
The more people interested in a piece of data, the more torrenters,
the faster the file moves. Files that are rare and have few people
interested in them, may as well be on a single server, bittorrent
doesn't add anything to help, in fact it may even hinder compared to
say html or ftp.
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