Yes, another quarter has passed, and it is time to take a look at the numbers!
The State of the Blogosphere is strong.
I continue to marvel at it, but the blogosphere continues to grow at a quickening pace. Technorati currently tracks 35.3 Million weblogs, and the blogosphere we track continues to double about every 6 months, as the chart below shows:
The blogosphere is over 60 times bigger than it was only 3 years ago.
New blog creation continues to grow. Technorati currently tracks over 75,000 new weblogs created every day, which means that on average, a new weblog is created every second of every day - and 19.4 million bloggers (55%) are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created. That's an increase both absolute and relative terms over just 3 months ago, when only 50.5% or 13.7 million blogs were active. In other words, even though there's a reasonable amount of tire-kicking going on, blogging continues to grow as a habitual activity.
In addition to that, about 3.9 million bloggers update their blogs at least weekly. Here's a chart of the number of new blogs created each day, from January 2004 to April 2006:
Spam, Splogs and Spings
Spam blogs and their cousins Spings (which I described in January's report) continue to present infrastructure providers like Technorati a challenge, as more people rely on understanding the real-time web There has been an increase in the overall noise level in the blogosphere during 2006, but aside from a few notable spam storms ("sporms"? Just how far can you take this naming system?) noted in red in the chart above, the high level of interesting, original content being created greatly outweighs the fake or duplicate content listed on splogs.
A better indicator of the growth of the blogosphere than simply the number of new blogs created each day is the rate of postings to those blogs. Daily Posting Volume tracked by Technorati is now over 1.2 Million posts per day, which is about 50,000 posts per hour. The blogosphere also reacts to world events. I've pointed out a number of the spikes in posting volume that have accompanied major news events in the chart below of posting volume:
I wasn't able to identify all of the spikes, but I did find some of the notables. For example, it certainly appears that technology product launches attract great interest in the blogosphere - seems that we just can't restrain our inner geekiness when products like the iPod Video and the Intel Macintoshes were launched. Posting volumes on those two days even eclipsed blog coverage and commentary of the Superbowl and the 2006 State of the Union speech.
Next: The growth of tagging, and the Blogosphere broken down by language
Back in 2002 I cofounded a company called Sputnik, and the idea was to enable people to easilt share their WiFi access with each other and with strangers who wanted to "sip" off of their bandwidth, and in return, they would share their bandwidth as well. Back in 2002, though, that was not a very popular vision - folks were going out of business and selling their assets to Starbucks and T-Mobile.
We ended up pivoting the business to focus more on managed wifi for businesses and event locales, and Sputnik has been doing great. But I always held a special place in my heart for the original business model.
So it was with great pleasure that I met Martin Varsavsky a few months back at Les Blogs in Paris. Martin is an amazing guy, successful entrepreneur, philanthopist, and a force of nature. I'm rooting for the Fon guys.
I'm reminded of all of this because I'm sitting here doing my work in a Starbucks today, with WiFi provided by T-Mobile. Here's a picture of my little "mobile office":
By the way, that little cup is actually an espresso cup - I got addicted to espresso when I went to visit Rome for the first time a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, there just isn't anything like Italian espresso here in the states, but I'm getting by with the very bitter Starbucks espresso, which is a far approximation from the rich, smooth, full-flavored espresso I had in Italy...
Tom Raferty of Podleaders.com interviewed me a couple of days ago, and the podcast is now up! Tom is a great interviewer. He guided the interview well, nudging it in the direction he wanted it to go, while still making me feel at home. BTW, it was Tom's questioning that got me off my butt and got me to publish full feeds...
My old friend MR Rangaswami, who has forgotten more about Enterprise Software than I've ever known, is throwing his big conference down at the Santa Clara convention center today. I'll be heading over to check out some of the sessions in the morning, and hopefully get some blogging in as well. If you're in the world of Enterprise Software, you've got to take the day off and go to MR's conference, it is really a don't-miss event!
And if anyone is in the Santa Clara area and wants to go grab lunch or coffee drop me an email at dsifry AT technorati DOT com...
I was talking to a popular blogger this week, and bemoaning the lack of time that I have had to blog recently, and he asked me, "Why is it that your blog doesn't have full-text feeds?"
I looked at him funny (over the phone, of course).
The real reason was that I've just been too busy to change it from the MT default that came installed.
But tonight, I made the move. If you're reading this via an Feedreader, hopefully you're seeing everything, and you're seeing it in all the rich color, with pictures and all the rest included.
If you're not subscribed to the blog, here's some easy ways:
Please let me know if you find any bugs! For all I know I've just made the blog show up in Spanish...
I finally got around to uploading all my old pictures from my various digital cameras (going back to mid-2000) to flickr. Thanks Stewart and Caterina! I now feel much more comfortable that a disk crash on one of my servers won't cause a major family meltdown because all the pictures are now safely in the Yahoo! cloud.
The other nice thing is that I've been going through the old pictures looking for gems. I've got a few from back in 2001 when the family went to the Four Corners for a week in an RV and I took lots and lots of pictures with my old Nikon E990. Even though I've since upgraded to a Canon EOS10D for "serious" shooting and I keep my PowerShot SD450 with me nearly wherever I go, that even the old cameras, when you used a tripod, could take some great pictures.
I've always admired Guy - I remember reading "The Macintosh Way" back when I was in high school, and it changed my life. So, it was great to finally meet him, and to swap some stories.
He's got a great blog - I always knew that Guy would become a great blogger - and it was really fun to be able to evangelize Technorati and blogging to one of the master evangelists. Man, I love my job!
Mark this one up in the "catching up on all the really cool stuff to blog about" category.
I only wish that they'd put up the video of Tantek's and Ryan's acceptance speeches, I heard Ryan gave a great "shout out" to his homies :-)
Humble thanks to the judges and to all of you in the blogosphere - it is what you do that makes Technorati interesting...
It has been way too long since I've last blogged. Things are incredibly busy at Technorati, and we've been growing pretty significantly - all stuff that means lots of work and sales and travel, not much blogging.
What a paradox that the busier that I get - working for a company that is all about indexing blogs - the less time I have to actually blog.
And yeah, I know this is another of those "must...blog...more..." posts, but I figured (a) I needed to get it out of my system (after all, it IS true) and (b) maybe this'll end that mental block and get me back to writing on a more regular basis.