Dream referrers

Sunday 20 August 2006

These days, everything on line can be monitored for other people’s attention. Web sites have referrers, blog posts have Technorati statistics. We know how many people comment on our posts, our books at Amazon have sales ranks. We search for our names on Google, look up our house value on Zillow. At Tabblo we show you statistics about how many people have joined the site due to your invitations. As much as possible, the web gives us quantitative ways to measure other people’s interest in our world.

Last night I had vivid and detailed dreams involving two people: Bill Engvall was performing a controversal juggling routine, and my high school friend Bruce Burns and I were trying to meet up with a bunch of people on a train.

But Bill and Bruce don’t know I was dreaming about them. Somehow in our ultra-linked and richly annotated world, there ought to be a way for us to check each morning to see how many dreams there were about us the night before. What a fascinating statistic that would be! How much more insight we would have into our effect on the world...

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Gustaf Erikson 3:08 PM on 20 Aug 2006

Scary thought -- how many people want to find out that they have been the object of erotic dreams?

And implementing this implies some sort of dream logging, which totalitarian governments would welcome with open arms ;-)

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Ned Batchelder 7:31 PM on 20 Aug 2006

Gustaf, I guess that's where we differ: I especially want to know about the erotic ones!

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God 10:22 PM on 20 Aug 2006

Nice idea. Send me a patch and, if it's good enough, we'll consider integrating it.

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