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Six Degrees of Aggregation

by Shruti Modi

In Six Degrees of Aggregation for the Columbia Journalism Review, Michael Shapiro talks about the power of the Huffington Post.

Of the many and conflicting stories about how The Huffington Post came to be — how it boasts 68 sections, three international editions (with more to come), 1.2 billion monthly page views and 54 million comments in the past year alone, how it came to surpass the traffic of virtually all the nation’s established news organizations and amass content so voluminous that a visit to the website feels like a trip to a mall where the exits are impossible to locate — the earliest and arguably most telling begins with a lunch in March 2003 at which the idea of an online newspaper filled with celebrity bloggers and virally disseminated aggregated content did not come up. [more]