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Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Blogosphere Tsunami

Here are some statistics from the technorati weblog that are simply astounding:
  • They track 27.2 million weblogs
  • It doubles every 5.5 months (a consistent trend for 36 months) beating Moore's Law
  • The blogosphere is 60 times what it was 3 years ago
  • 75,000 new blogs are created everyday, almost 1 per second
  • About 10.4 million bloggers continue to blog 3 months after the creation of their blogs
  • 2.7 million bloggers update their blogger weekly
  • Technorati tracks 1.2 million posts per day or 50,000 per hour

We ignore this phenomenon at our peril because it truly represents the voice of the people. The question is how not to be drowned out by the noise.

Guy Kawasaki is an interesting example. After 30 days, he more than doubled his web traffic since starting his blog. I like Guy a lot for his enthusiasm and energy. I remember some 8 years ago he spoke at a small gathering of startup wannabees. He had just started Garage.com. Everyone had tons of colorful slides. Guy steps up with 10 slides in black and white but it blew us away. I wonder if he still has that deck. As an ex-evangelist out of Apple you would expect nothing less from him. But it's good to see he is alive and more than well. Don't be surprised if he hits the blogger top 100 soon (ranked #289 after 30 days).

One more thing, over half of blog posts now use tags (that's over 81 million posts). Maybe the semantic web will eventually come to pass. My good friends in Athens, Georgia are holding thumbs...

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