Sifry’s Alerts: State of the Blogosphere, April 2006 Part 1: On Blogosphere Growth
The blogosphere is over 60 times bigger than it was only 3 years ago.
New blog creation continues to grow. Technorati currently tracks over 75,000 new weblogs created every day, which means that on average, a new weblog is created every second of every day – and 19.4 million bloggers (55%) are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created. That’s an increase both absolute and relative terms over just 3 months ago, when only 50.5% or 13.7 million blogs were active. In other words, even though there’s a reasonable amount of tire-kicking going on, blogging continues to grow as a habitual activity.
The Impact of Emerging Technologies: Web 2.0’s Startup Fever – Technology Review
This explosion of new Web sites — a phenomenon often dubbed "Web 2.0" — is great for all kinds of Internet users. But how long can this new crop of startups survive without charging for their products?
The answer, in some cases, may be not long. Simply put, many of these outfits, much like their dot-com predecessors in the late 1990s, don’t have business models. The most common revenue source in the Web 2.0 world is contextual advertising — but, as some analysts point out, the nickels and dimes earned when visitors click on ads provided by the likes of Google’s AdWords barely bring in enough to cover the costs of Web server hardware. Consequently, some industry watchers believe that a shakeout is likely within the next 12 to 24 months.
BBC Blog Network
Welcome to the new home for all of the BBC’s weblogs. Although we have had blogs for a number of years, most notably our Scottish community site; Island Blogging and the excellent Ouch, this is the first attempt at bringing you a complete list, some news of new launches by journalists, DJs, and radio shows, as well as links and tips to help you find your way around. That said we appreciate we still have a lot to do which is why we’re grateful for your feedback. We’re already collating comments on all of our existing blogs, scouring bloglines, technorati,…
Charlene Li’s Blog: Forrester podcasting report – just 1% use podcasts
Our survey showed that only 1% of online households in North America regularly download and listen to podcasts. And when you include all of the people who are just interested or have used podcasts, they strongly favor listening to existing content like Internet radio or broadcast radio, not necessarily new content. (And for newspapers thinking about podcasting, putting print stories into audio format just ranked ahead of original content from bloggers) I think this has something to do with 1) original content just isn’t as well known; and 2) existing content benefits from users that simply want to time shift it.