David Sifry has posted another one of his State of the Blogosphere blog entries. He writes
- Technorati now tracks over 35.3 Million blogs
- The blogosphere is doubling in size every 6 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
- 19.4 million bloggers (55%) are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created
- Technorati tracks about 1.2 Million new blog posts each day, about 50,000 per hour
As usual for this series of posts, Dave Sifry plays fast and lose with language by interchangeably using blogosphere and number of blogs Technorati is tracking.
There is a big difference between the two but unfortunately many people
seem to fail at critical thinking and repeat Technorati's numbers as
gospel. It's now general knowledge that services like MySpace and MSN Spaces have more blogs/users than Technorati tracks overall.
I find this irritating because I've seen lots of press reports
underreport the estimated size of the blogosphere by quoting the
Technorati numbers. I suspect that the number of blogs out there is
closer to 100 million (you can get that just by adding up the number of
blogs on the 3 or 4 most popular blogging services) and not hovering
around 35 million. One interesting question for me is whether private
blogs/journals/spaces count as part of the blogosphere or not? Then
again for most people the blogosphere is limited to their limited set
of interests (technology blogs, mommy blogs, politics blogs, etc) so
that is probably a moot question.
PS: For a good rant about another example of Technorati playing fast and lose language, see Shelley Powers's Technology is neither good nor evil which riffs on how Technorati equates number of links to a weblog with authority.