State of the blogosphere, August 2006. As David Sifry’s report of this name was published 3 months ago, it is now obsolete on blog timescales, so he’s updated it (see link). Lots of figures, graphs and comments. Here’s the bottom line:
Technorati is now tracking over 50 Million Blogs. (Maxine adds: the vast majority of which are spam)*
The Blogosphere is over 100 times bigger than it was just 3 years ago.
Today, the blogosphere is doubling in size every 200 days, or about once every 6 and a half months.
From January 2004 until July 2006, the number of blogs that Technorati tracks has continued to double every 5-7 months.
About 175,000 new weblogs were created each day, which means that on average, there are more than 2 blogs created each second of each day.
About 8% of new blogs get past Technorati’s filters, even if it is only for a few hours or days.
About 70% of the pings Technorati receives are from known spam sources, but we drop them before we have to send out a spider to go and index the splog.
Total posting volume of the blogosphere continues to rise, showing about 1.6 Million postings per day, or about 18.6 posts per second.
This is about double the volume of about a year ago.
The most prevalent times for English-language posting is between the hours of 10AM and 2PM Pacific time, with an additional spike at around 5PM Pacific time .
*From "Geeking with Greg" (Linden): "Technorati reported 19.6M weblogs in Oct 2005, but the dominant feed reader, Bloglines, reported that only 1.4M of those weblogs have any subscribers on Bloglines and a mere 37k have twenty or more subscribers. This seems to suggest that over 95% of weblogs, possibly over 99%, are not of general interest. The quality of the long tail of weblogs may be much worse than previously described."