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How big is the “blogosphere”? August 16, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Blogging.
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Fifty million blogs – online multi-media journals – were tracked on the Internet last month, a 100-fold increase over three years, according to a new study published online.

Technorati, a website devoted to tracking the growth of the worldwide “blogosphere”, claims their number has doubled every five to seven months since January 2004, and looks set to reach 100-million by next February.

Last month, the company logged 175 000 new journals every day – an average of two per second – with 1.6-million blog messages posted daily, double the volume of a year ago.

English-language sites make up 39 percent of the total, followed by Japanese at 31 percent and Chinese with 12 percent.

Some new blogs however – around eight percent, Technorati says – are in fact spam sites, known colourfully as “splogs”, which have slipped through the search engine’s net undetected.

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