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State of the blogosphere, August 2006 August 7, 2006

Posted by James Warren in Uncategorized.

Dave Sifry has posted his latest state of the blogosphere.  Here are some edited highlights:

  • Technorati is now tracking over 50 Million Blogs.
  • The Blogosphere is over 100 times bigger than it was just 3 years ago.
  • Today, the blogosphere is doubling in size every 200 days, or about once every 6 and a half months.
  • From January 2004 until July 2006, the number of blogs that Technorati tracks has continued to double every 5-7 months.
  • About 175,000 new weblogs were created each day, which means that on average, there are more than 2 blogs created each second of each day.
  • Total posting volume of the blogosphere continues to rise, showing about 1.6 Million postings per day, or about 18.6 posts per second.
  • This is about double the volume of about a year ago.

Great stuff, lovely graphs etc.  But am I alone in thinking 50 million is a small number?  And while we’re on the subject, does anyone else find Technorati’s search results, erm, unfulfilling?


1. Jonny Rosemont - August 8, 2006

I, too, find Technorati slighty frustrating…it often produces unrelated results. I also think that saying the Blogosphere is 50 million strong is the wrong tactic to take – how many of these blogs are active i.e. how many of their owners post regularly? The answer will probably be less impressive.

2. Stephen Waddington - August 10, 2006

I agree that the results are rather ‘unfulfilling’ but more in a way that the numbers are so high it is really hard to grasp. Many have predicted the demise of PR for some time now with one journalist recently stating that they use blogs for all their news stories and the increasing number of blogs will not help PR’s cause. To be honest though, how many of these are actually blogs? (i.e. regularly updated, archived properly, etc) and how many will actually be read by more than the author and their two friends?

3. Fiona Blamey - October 16, 2006

And how many of them are spam blogs? *A lot*, is my guess.

Don’t diss Technorati too much, though – they’re about the only organisation even attempting to count the number of blogs worldwide.

Mind you, as the question of ‘what constitutes a blog?’ becomes ever more complex (e.g. is a last.fm journal a blog? Is a MySpace page a blog?), it may also become ever more irrelevant.

Oh, I see I’m up to my usual trick of commenting on really old posts. Must learn to keep up…

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