Based on the recent discussion about new gatekeepers, I recently wondered whether we were just deluding ourselves in thinking that there were gatekeepers. What provoked this line of thinking was a recent comment by Doc Searls in which he says that “being an alpha blogger was like being an alpha paramecium.” This pushed me to analyze the rank of move within the Technorati 100. As frequent readers of this blog know, I did a study back in May 2005, in which I analyzed linkage to members of the Technorati 100. Using this data as a point in time, I have now decided to revisit the list and see how much movement happened. The first thing to do was to map out which of the May 19, 2005 members were still on the list. The results looked like this: Blog Title Position 5/19/05 Position 2/20/06 Boing Boing 1 1 InstaPundit 2 12 Daily Kos 3 5 Gizmodo 4 9 Fark 5 23 EnGadget 6 2 Davenetics 7 Â Eschaton 8 36 Dooce 9 15 Andrew Sullivan 10 51 The Best Page In The Universe 11 52 Talking Points Memo: by Joshua MicahMarshall 12 26 lgf: anti-idiotarian 13 35 kottke.org 14 21…Read More
AOL bought Weblogs inc., the two year old weblog network founded by Jason Calacanis and Brian Alvey, for a number that is rumored to be anywhere between $25 million and $40 million. In this process, Time Warner may be providing some ideas as to the valuation of blogs by traditional media. The power of the network and links Many in the blogosphere say that traffic is not a good measure of what blogs are but that conversation, as represented by links and indexes like Technorati, represent a more accurate view of the value of a blog. As a result, I decided to look at how may sites were linking to sites in the WeblogInc empire. Jason and Brian have been doing a great job at building a stable of blogs but it seems a large portion of their success comes from a single blog. Let’s dig into the numbers. In the following table, I took a look at the list of blogs listed on the weblogs Inc. main site and ran the Technorati site numbers against them (duplicate entries in the weblogsinc list were removed as well as entries that pointed to sites which no longer exist). Weblogs Inc. Blogs…Read More
Does Technorati present an accurate view of the world of blogs?