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State of the blogosphere

4 August 2005
The chief geeks at blog search engine, Technorati have put together a facinating report on global weblog activity - here's part 1 and part 2. Tomorrow, there'll be a part 3. A couple of amazing and inspiring facts from the summary: * Technorati was tracking over 14.2 Million weblogs, and over 1.3 billion links in July 2005 * The blogosphere continues to double about every 5.5 months * A new blog is created about every second, there are over 80,000 created daily * About 55% of all blogs are active, and that has remained a consistent statistic for at least a year * About 13% of all blogs are updated at least weekly * That's about 10.4 blog posts per second, on average * Weekends tend to be slower posting days by about 5-10% of the weekly averages * Worldwide news events cause ripples through the blogosphere Have you created a blog today?

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