Some of the cool kids are helping out with this, so I’ll do it too–I’ll be interested to see the results of this, actually. Copied and pasted below.

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[Short Version: Link to this post in the name of science. Ask others to do the same. Results to be announced during the “Meet the Bloggers” panel at MLA 2006.]

A grad student is doing an experiment on the speed of memes.What is the speed of
meme? People write in general (typically triumphant) terms about how swiftly a
single voice can travel from one side of the internet to the other and back
again, but how often does that actually happen? Of those instances, how often is
it organic?

1. Write a post linking to this one in which you explain the experiment. (All blogs count, be they TypePad, Blogger, MySpace, Facebook, &c.)

2. Ask your readers to do the same. Beg them. Relate sob stories about poor graduate students in desperate circumstances. Imply I’m one of them. (Do whatever you have to. If that fails, try whatever it takes.)

3. Ping Techorati.