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April 18, 2006
Blogs Multiply. Our Heads Explode
Just catching up to Dave Sifry's latest State of the Blogosphere report. The CEO of Technorati says the blog tracking firm now counts more than 35 million blogs, as the number continues to grow by more than 75,000 a day.
Even blogging expert Stowe Boyd doubts that he, and we, can keep up with the flood, even with new filtering sites like Memeorandum and Digg. But I like his idea for how to handle the bloggarrhea more effectively:
Why isn't there a solution that is equivalent to Last.fm for blogs, for example? It would require a small plug-in, that would track what I read, anywhere, and would build up a list of my favorite 'artists' (bloggers, not musicians) just like the Audioscrobbler plugin does based on iTunes play. I would then -- after an appropriate time -- be provided with a collection of blog reading neighbors whose preferences are somewhat like mine, and then I could roam around in this virtual neighborhood, looking at what they have been reading, and their commentary on it. People could rate their favorite posts, tag anything, and create a stream of their favorite stuff for others to tap into, like a Last.fm radio station. These virtual neighbors could become my friends, in fact, since we could contact each other, link to each other's comments, and so on.
That's the solution to the immensity of the Web.
Sure hope so.
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From what I recall, Yahoo had a program like that in search. I was briefly enrolled. Like so much else in the online world, I dipped in a toe, learned virtually nothing, and then turned my attention to something else.
Posted by: steve baker at April 19, 2006 10:36 AM
There should be a way to shoot buzzwords right between the eyes. Oh the distortion.
Flashback to college and try to count how many do-it-yourself radio stations and underground newspapers were started.
How many of all those new blogs get past one month of regular posts?
How many are about PTA meetings, Airplanes from the 1930's or Cooking on an engine block?
There's this strange gotta-know-it-all and harness everything vibe in the air. It's like an information manifest destiny.
But isn't the diversity and wonder of the world something to be awed rather than aggregated?
I'm not sure, but I've heard there are people that don't use computers and still haven't poofed out of existence.
Posted by: dg at April 19, 2006 02:22 PM
Good points as always, dg. Shame on us if we're glazing out on ValleyWag while Baghdad burns.
Posted by: Rob Hof at April 19, 2006 02:25 PM
One reason for so many blogs is that so much VC has been poured in and so much software has been developed that starting a Blog is the easiest and cheapest way of creating a website.
If it were as easy to create a normal site, our movie production would not use blogs as much as we do.
We would still use them because they provide a lovely way for our characters, such as Hignat Smith or Loitnant Jones of the Knwaybe Defence League to talk about their lives.
Posted by: Goyo de la Brisa at April 21, 2006 04:53 PM