Technorati: State of the Blogosphere, October-2006

img Technorati Blogosphere 10-2006Yesterday Technorati founder Dave Sifry has released his highly popular Blogosphere report for the 3rd quarter of 2006.

He sees the medium of web logs further maturing but still going strong with about 100,000 new blogs being created daily.

The report also shows that the integration of blogs and traditional media sites like those of major newspapers continues. While the top 100 web sites are still dominated by traditional media sites, like The New York Times, Yahoo! News, CNN, and MSNBC, 12 web logs already made it into the top end. Further down the list web logs overtake traditional sites.

Dave Sifry summarizes his report as following:

  • Technorati is now tracking more than 57 Million blogs.
  • Spam-, splog- and sping-fighting efforts at Technorati are paying dividends in terms of the reduction of garbage in our indexes, even if it does seem to impact overall growth rates.
  • 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.
  • 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 full report is available at: Technorati Blog

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