Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Niddly Noddly Nerdiness

I discovered that my old mate David Muir has been using Doggie's Breakfast as an example of the usefulness of blogging for learning. Kind of wierd to be examined as a specimen, but OK.

Moving on, I followed a link on his blog to David Sifry, the founder of Technorati, where he has a post on the State of the Blogosphere, February 2006 Part 1: On Blogosphere Growth. Kind of interesting, if you like that sort of thing.

Here's his conclusion:
  • Technorati now tracks over 27.2 Million blogs

  • The blogosphere is doubling in size every 5 and a half months

  • It is now over 60 times bigger than it was 3 years ago

  • On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day

  • 13.7 million bloggers are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created

  • Spings (Spam Pings) can sometimes account for as much as 60% of the total daily pings Technorati receives

  • Sophisticated spam management tools eliminate the spings and find that about 9% of new blogs are spam or machine generated

  • Technorati tracks about 1.2 Million new blog posts each day, about 50,000 per hour

  • Over 81 Million posts with tags since January 2005, increasing by 400,000 per day

  • Blog Finder has over 850,000 blogs, and over 2,500 popular categories have attracted a critical mass of topical bloggers

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