After reading Turtles, Termites and Traffic Jams, my exploration of decentralized networks went down a very viral path. I discovered that the application of network theory is enormous and has huge implications and applications on every seemingly unrelated topic that I have come across.
It can be used as a tool and device to understand cities, computer networks social networks, human-human interactions (speech), human-computer interactions (HCI), computer-computer interactions (protocol), diseases, computer viruses, nature. If you think about it, all these things boil down to a single category: communication.
My recent interest in networks has in turn got me into search engine optimization — because search engine is essentially a highly networked database with stored properties between data collections. Here are the steps I have taken to research this topic:
- Study network theories (mostly through books and wikipedia)
- Dive into every social-networking sites and analyze their business strategies
- Domain-shopping and create targeted content as a way to validate the theories studied
- Googling design, technology and marketing returns about 209,000,000 results.
SML currently secure results #1, #2 and #3.
- Googling design, technology and strategy returns about 159,000,000 results.
SML currently secure results #3, #7 and #9.
- Googling design, technology and marketing strategy returns about 109,000,000 results.
SML currently secures results #1, and #2.
- Your personalized results may vary.
- Sign out from Google to view neutral results.
Here are a collection of books that I recommend if you are interested in this topic:
|Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi|
"Understand the properties of networks, and you will understand the principles governing life." — See-ming Lee
|Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams: Explorations in Massively Parallel Microworlds (Complex Adaptive Systems) by Mitchel Resnick|
|The Computational Beauty of Nature: Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation by Gary William Flake|
|A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram|
|Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks by Mark Buchanan|
If you like these books, you might also be interested in other books that I recommend.