I have to say I do use Technorati quite a lot, mostly as an ego tool with the nice watchlist
Da I can watch “Shaolin Tiger” “ShaolinTiger” and “http://www.shaolintiger.com” to see who is linking me or talking about me.
They are doing a great job of tracking the movements in the global blog arena, how many new blogs are formed, how often people update and how popular certain blogs are.
They do seem to have some capacity issues lately though as I get ‘too busy’ messages quite frequently and their “Last updated” was totally messed up for quite a while (It showed this blog as last updated 198 days ago..when I update it pretty much daily).
Darren Rowse of Problogger even bitched about it in January.
What I am looking at today though is the quarterly summary they do, which shows the HUGE increase of bloggers, and the persistency rate has also gone up.
What Technorati have found is that the number of blogs doubles roughly every 6 months! There are 60 times, yes 60 TIMES more blogs than there were 3 years ago (Technorati currently tracks 35.3 Million weblogs).
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.
In addition to that, about 3.9 million bloggers update their blogs at least weekly.
Some pretty interesting statistics.
ALL YOUR BASE AM BELONG TO BLOGGERS – w00t