Blogosphere Grows to 70 Million

Despite rumors to the contrary, Technorati is not looking to sell, but looking deeper into their sphere. Technorati President, David Sifry, delivers the “State of the Live Webaddress post today, expanding the scope of Technorati’s quarterly State of the Blogosphere.

I had just noticed that the quotation in the upper right corner of Technorati’s SERPs had changed from “55 million blogs and some of them have to be good” to “71 million blogs…”

I was getting ready to type up a nice recap of the post when I got to the end of the article, and David had already summed it all up for me. Sigh. Here’s David’s summary of the findings:

  • 70 million weblogs
  • About 120,000 new weblogs each day, or…
  • 1.4 new blogs every second

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Blog Meme – Five Reasons Why I Blog

It’s been far too long since a blog meme circulated through this neck of the woods, so let’s tackle the tagging handed down by Nathan Weinberg.

The tag seems to be a little weak – I don’t know if it should be 5 reasons, or just 1 – but here goes.

  1. I love blogging! I am totally and disgustingly addicted to blogging. I guess I’m one of those stereotypical net users that just likes to connect to people. Apart from a brief vacation, I’m rarely away from the blog. My wife constantly teases me; “You love that blog more than me, don’t you!”

Go Visit Hawaii Contest Winner

Thanks to all of you who sent in an idea to promote Go Visit Hawaii.

We had a great response, each of you provided some valuable food for thought. A lot of suggestions revolved around a contest of some kind. As these were very similar – and as contests are something I already have a grasp on :-) – I thought I’d go with an interesting idea, that didn’t involve an out-of-pocket expense.

So, Mahalo to Rob Williams for this interesting idea:

Make a syncidation page on the blog where you pull in flickr photos tagged for hawaii (or refine it better) and youtube videos tagged hawaii.

Also, encourage others to use a unique tag to post to flickr and youtube and pull them in.

Blogcatalog a Copycat? Ask.com Campaign Backfires? GodTube Launches.

Here are some quick news items for Thursday…

Lots more news on the link blog, including many great posts from our readers.

CNET Analyzing Journalist Ethics or Simply Attacking Rivals?

I’d like to hear your thoughts on CNET’s look at whether journalists are starting to break the informal code that prevents conflicts of interest.

Their expose of well known MarketWatch journalist, Bambi Francisco, reads as more of an attempt to undermine a rival publication, than a serious look at whether traditional journalists should avoid getting involved with companies they write about.

Here’s the summary CNET uses to describe their story…

What’s new:

MarketWatch reporter Bambi Francisco was allowed by her bosses to take a stake in a matchmaker for start-ups and venture capitalists, an industry she has covered for more than a decade.

Bottom line:

The arrangement is rare among journalists who usually follow strict rules to prevent even the perception of a conflict of interest.

If you read the story, I’d like to know if you think I’m completely imagining this or not.

Google Maps to Mash-up Companies: "Suckers!"

Man, talk about a kick in the groin. Over the past few months, Google has been happily providing a Google Maps API to any developer that asked, and encouraging them to create mash-ups (ie. add their own useful content) of the mapping search technology.

Little did these poor unsuspecting fools realize, Google was sitting back and watching to see whether the mash-ups would be popular or not, effectively using the external developers as free labor. The proof comes with Google’s announced launch of My Maps, which allows any regular Joe to create custom maps for sharing tips or annotating Google Maps.

My Maps users can:

  • Mark locations on a map from a library of icons
  • Draw lines and shapes to highlight paths and areas