Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Sifry on the State of the Blogosphere

Blogosphere doubling each 5.5 months
Dave Sifry of Technorati submitted this post [link] on the growth of the blogosphere. According to Sifry:

As of the end of July 2005, Technorati was tracking over 14.2 Million weblogs, and over 1.3 billion links. Interestingly, this is just about double the number of blogs that we were tracking 5 months ago. In March 2005 we were tracking 7.8 million blogs, which means the blogosphere has just about doubled again in the past 5 months, and that the blogosphere continues to double about every 5.5 months.

The significance for this in education is huge. Blogging, and audio-blogging (a.k.a. podcasting) are the hottest things going on on the Internet. As political technologist Joe Trippi [link] notes:

Just like with blogging software, podcasting and videocasting will become a commonplace, one-click-and-you-get-what-you-want kind of platform.

The impact of this on the many institutions in our society is, in my opinion, huge, really huge.

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