David Sifry, founder and CEO of blog search engine Technorati, has posted his quarterly State of the Blogosphere report on the growth of the blogosphere. The report dittos many of trends he mentioned in his last report in January 2006. Sifry touches on the splog (spam blog) problem in addition to the sping (spam pings) that have been corrupting the blogosphere. The report also addresses posting volume trends in saying:
"...it certainly appears that technology product launches attract great interest in the blogosphere - seems that we just can't restrain our inner geekiness when products like the iPod Video and the Intel Macintoshes were launched. Posting volumes on those two days even eclipsed blog coverage and commentary of the Superbowl and the 2006 State of the Union speech."
According to the April 2006 State of the Blogosphere report:
- Technorati now tracks over 35.3 Million blogs
- The blogosphere is doubling in size every 6 months
- It is now over 60 times bigger than it was 3 years ago
- On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day
- 19.4 million bloggers (55%) are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created
- Technorati tracks about 1.2 Million new blog posts each day, about 50,000 per hour
Hugh MacLeod extrapolates the numbers here. The bottom-line: the state of the blogosphere is strong and growing stronger everyday!
*David Sifry image thanks to Laughing Squid.