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Life Cycles of Online Social Networks

The “funny but true” ones The one that started it all: The life of a Usenet newsgroup The Natural Life Cycle of Mailing Lists The Life Cycle of Online Discussions And the boring serious analysis Four Stages of Social Movements

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The Golden Days of Usenet: Godwin’s Law

Godwin’s Law: prov. [Usenet] “As a Usenet argument grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.” There is a tradition in many groups that, once this occurs, that thread is over, and whoever mentioned the

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Fun Stuff to Do On Usenet

by Alan Meiss, ameiss@indiana.edu Post a message asking how to post messages. Lead a tireless crusade for the creation of newsgroups with silly names like alt.my.butt.is.hairy. Put 4 addresses, 5 lines of "Geek Code", 6 ASCII-art bicycles, a PGP key,

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Subject: Re: The Vicarious Thrill Is Gone…

A funny post reprinted from the rec.arts.comics.misc newsgroup: From: slieber@compuserve.com (Steve Lieber) Newsgroups: rec.arts.comics.misc fiction, for me, provides a vicarious thrill. I assume the mantle of super-human being and in my mind i fly with the heros. but recently in

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