New “state of the blogosphere”

Dave Sifry has posted a new “state of the blogosphere.”

The highlights:

  • Technorati is now tracking more than 57 Million blogs.
  • Today, the blogosphere is doubling in size approximately every 230 days.
  • About 100,000 new weblogs were created each day, again down slightly quarter-over-quarter but probably due in part to spam fighting efforts.
  • About 4% of new splogs get past Technorati’s filters, even if it is only for a few hours or days.
  • There is a strong correlation between the aging and post frequency of blogs and their authority and Technorati ranking [in other words, the older your blog is the and more you post to it, the more people link to it].
  • The globalization of the blogosphere continues. Our data appears to show both English and Spanish languages are a more universal blog language than the other two most dominant language, Japanese and Chinese, which seem to be more regionally localized.
  • Coincident with a rise in blog posts about escalating Middle East tensions throughout the summer and fall, Farsi has moved into the top 10 languages of the blogosphere, indicating that blogging continues to play a critical role in debates about the important issues of our times.

The Technorati blog seems to be slashdotted or experiencing the Digg effect or just simply overburdened right now – the images aren’t loading. However, that’s just because Dave is hosting the image on his personal blog at, and that (probably puny in comparison) server has crumbled under the impact.

[tags] blogosphere, dave sifry, john koetsier [/tags]

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