Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Long Tail doesn't have to be lonely

A couple of days ago Kelly Christopherson wrote a thoughtful piece entitled, "Let’s meet them at the door." In it, he mused about what it's like being an edublogger who isn't Dave Warlick, Will Richardson, or one of the other "big names."

Diane Cordell gave the post a shout-out on Twitter. I'm a sucker for Tweets that say, "@whoever - great post!," so I clicked through.

The post was indeed teriffic. As were the comments - reflections on how this amazing new way of connecting with peers and mentors has transformed the way so many of us think about our work.

The blogosphere is often described as having a Long Tail - If you sort the readership of all the blogs, there are a few with lots and lots of readers, and lots and lots and LOTS of blogs with just a few.

The Long Tail is often depicted like this:

stretched out along a long, lonely line.

In reality, though, thanks to tools such as Twitter, the long tail becomes something like this,

intertwined with itself, overlapping and intersecting at many points.

We may be "the little folk."
But there are a lot of us, and we talk together, we do.

We do.


thekyleguy said...

Nice perspective on the tail. The tail continues to grow and split as we continue to connect. We get to build our own networks and it is the 'little' folk that connect to give the whole idea meaning and audience.

Laura said...

I like that image. Instead of a long lonely tail, we're more like a bunch of yarn making beautiful patterns in a sweater.

Kelly Christopherson said...

Thanks for the comments. I agree that the tail isn't necessarily long anymore but has become frayed with other tools becoming part of the equation. The other tools also let us connect in different ways, adding to our PLN's. So, I friend you on twitter and then follow a link here and add your blog to my RSS plus comment. I imagine that we'll meet and talk more on twitter but share more ideas via the blogs. It allows us to connect beyond the few. It's great!

diane said...


I love your concept of the long tail as Celtic knotwork: intricate, seamless, beautiful in its complexity.