I don't think it would be that bad, a bit of Perl maybe to do the spidering of LJ. Most the memes have some common piece of text or link, so the searching would ok, then just follow friends and people who comment in each journal to find others, noted the date and time of each entry with the meme. Then something like graphviz
to make the graph.
Of course that sound all nice and simple, I'm sure if I sat down and tried it would be harder, especially since its about two years since I did any Perl.
I just googled 'livejournal research
' and it seems it's not a new idea
, which does not surprise me. LJ even has a lj_research
Community (which I may have to take a look at when I have a little more time).
Oh in a random other things