So, you've been working all night on that killer blog post, endlessly amending and improving it. At last you're happy with your masterpiece. You finally click 'Publish', and the job's finished. Well, not quite. Wired Magazine takes up the story:
"Imperceptibly and all but instantaneously, your post slips into a vast and recursive network of software agents, where it is crawled, indexed, mined, scraped, republished, and propagated throughout the Web. Within minutes, if you've written about a timely and noteworthy topic, a small army of bots will get the word out to anyone remotely interested, from fellow bloggers to corporate marketers."
Wired has an infographic (above), giving full details of the process.
[Thanks to Boing Boing for the link to this story.]