I've posted a number of blog entries in the past about how popular various blogs on MSN Spaces are, especially the Asian ones. Unsurprisingly it's taken some of the folks from the insular geek blog set, a while to notice this trend. Recently, Scott Karp wrote about this in a blog post entitled Technorati Top 100 Is Changing Radically which was followed up by a blog post entitled Get on MSN Spaces in Asia and watch the link-love pile up. Sort of by Chris Edwards.
Both blog posts are interesting because the authors refuse to believe that it is possible for blogs they haven't heard of from Asian countries like China and Japan to be more popular than A-list technology bloggers like Dave Winer. In his post, Chris Edwards points out that the incoming links for blogs like M¥$ŤěяĬǾũ§ ĢÎѓĻ contain blogs that only link to the Space via the Recently Updated Spaces module. On an initial glance this seems to be true. When Technorati first started tracking MSN Spaces we realized this module would be a problem and added rel='nofollow' on all links to spaces from this module. This means that search engines and web crawlers should not consider these links as 'votes' for the site for page ranking purposes.
Ignoring that particular space, there are still a number of spaces in the Technorati Top 100 whose most recent links don't come from the Recently Updated Spaces module. For example, check out the incoming links to http://spaces.msn.com/MSN-SA, http://spaces.msn.com/atiger and http://spaces.msn.com/members/thespacecraft (MSN Spaces team blog).
As much as it seems to bother some technology geeks, a number of blogs hosted on MSN Spaces are more popular than so-called A-list technology bloggers.