John Kleinberg, whose work influenced Google’s PageRank, is working on ranking something else. Kelinberg et al. developed an algorithm that ranks people, based on how they speak to each other.
This on the heels of the Big Brother’s Name is… has to have you wondering if you even want Internet access at all.
Just imagine, power (who has, who doesn’t) analysis of email discussion lists, wiki edits, email archives, transcripts.
This has the potential (along with other clever analysis) to identify and populate topic maps with some very interesting subjects.
I first saw this at FlowingData