Archive for the ‘Blogosphere’ Category
What’s up with the MIT Weblog Survey?
Confusingly, the news about Verisign buying weblogs.com from Dave Winer hit the wires at about the same time as the news about AOL buying the WeblogsInc.com blog network (referred to in the Times simply as “Weblogs”) from Jason Calacanis. I hope this isn’t Bubble 2.0!
Congratulations to Dave for finding a stable home for an essential piece of the blogosphere’s infrastructure. Having invented it and nurtured its growth, Dave must be a proud papa to see yet another one of his inventions leave the nest.
I don’t personally love Verisign, but at least they’ve got the bandwidth to maintain the service. Apparently they have “declared war on splogs.” It will be interesting to see what directions they take it in.
Come on, guys. I’ve been checking your site daily since September 1:
The survey has officially ended, and we are tabulating the results. They should be posted by September 1, 2005, so please check back soon!
Thank you for your support, and we will be posting the results shortly.
MIT Weblog Survey Team
August 19, 2005
If it’s taking longer than you expected to tabulate or whatever, that’s fine, but at least post an update with accurate information. Or have you learned nothing yet about timely date-stamped updates to web pages?
I have to check my schedule and my budget, but I’m sticking a link to the signup page for blogher here to remind myself to go, if at all possible.
Technorati has unveiled a much more end-user friendly front page. I don’t think I see the word “cosmos” anywhere!
But the second most popular search is “Sifry”? Maybe they need to give Dave his own sandbox so he doesn’t keep skewing the result sets.
I’m just keeding. I kid, I kid… because I love.
Maybe I should get around to claiming the rest of my umpteen blogs there and updating my profile.
Good luck to the Techorati crew and congratulations!
TNH at Making Light analyzes One minute’s worth of weblogs
I found Weblogs.com because I’d gotten exasperated with Technorati and was looking for something more reliable. Which is not to say that I succeeded, because Weblogs.com is a useless site. What it gives you is a single flat unadorned list of weblogs that’ve updated that minute. Given how many weblogs out there are doing that at any given minute, trying to make sense of their list is like reading the phonebook for the plot.
When I first looked at the site, several days ago, their list showed 66 updates for a single minute, 11:08 a.m. Mind you, that must have been a low-traffic period, because for one minute of the morning I’m writing this—9:54 EST, Saturday, 04 June 2005—Weblog.com listed 376 updates. Still, those 66 entries were a minute’s worth of the weblogging world. I copied off the list and looked at all of them, as though I were doing a species count in a wildlife area.
Here’s how they break out. My categories are arbitrary, but all categories are.
Click through to read the rest.
Nearly a third of the updates that minute were for what Teresa calls “automated googletraps.” She also doesn’t consider CivicSpace Labs’ site to be a real blog and has apparently never heard of the project (né Deanspace), but beyond that her insights are nutritious.