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