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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Blogdex Sleeps While Instapundit Climbs to Number Seven on Technorati Pop Charts 

Blogdex is the MIT Weblog Diffusion Index that scans posts made by webloggers as a proxy to the things they are talking about. *Spoiled Metaphor Alert* Here is how they describe the system: "Webloggers typically contextualize their writing with hypertext links which act as markers for the subjects they are discussing. These markers are like tags placed on wild animals, allowing Blogdex to track a piece of conversation as it moves from weblog to weblog."

That wild animal reference unsettles me, so let's think of the hot hyperlink as the hot potatoe. The chef post bakes one up and sets it out for all to take. It tends to go down the line from circle to circle and is sampled and copied and investigated and parodied...tater-tots and mash with chives. It still the same potatoe and now feeds more, with each link back (if honorable, unless permission is threatening or forbidden) expanding the flavor and spice.

Blogdex crawls all weblogs in its database whenever (*?) updated and collects a subset of new posts since the last Blogdex update. The system then looks across all weblogs (**or subset only?) and generates a list of fast spreading ideas with annotations for where the link was found and when it was indexed.

The Blogdex weblog aggregator seems to be on hiatus or in development, for there is a lag in their activity compared to hyper-popular Technorati. Blogdex has a news page but it is stale, going back to August, but...a clue. The last entry ominously points to a new application being launched-- trackback. No response to my various means of contacting them ala net.

Technorati isn't letting trackback troubles slow it much as their one million blogs ping back toward the looming total of one billion globs(posts/articles/pix/audio/) linked.
Todays Technorati Top 10 October 23 2003
1. SlashDot.Org: 5905 blogs--Added 80 blogs in two days.
2. BlogShares: Fantasy Blog Share Market (mgmt. on hiatus) 5642 blogs--no change in two days.
3. Blogskins: 3992 blogs--97 new blogs in two days.
4. Technorati: 3603 blogs--1,068 in two days.
5. balmasque: 3440 blogs--40 more in two days.
6. Boing Boing Blog: 2849 blogs--32 new blogs in a couple days.
7.Instapundit.com: 2689 blogs--55 more blogs linked in two days.
8. Blogwise: 2635 blogs--(in flux)--no change.
9. The Friday Five: 2340 blogs--no change (NTS:check Friday).
10. Penny- Arcade : 2293 blogs--no change.

Number 15. The Register : 2052 blogs, 3452 links is a breakout internet technology weblog superstar with witty headlines, cogent comments, and direct links. It's often the only news you need if all you need to know is on the net.

Technorats, the million-plus Technorati who signed up already, are enjoying it immensely. I was curious about the hot blogs on Technorati, but I guess that feature is in development. There is a simple sorry message there right now, but a couple days ago these results came up for the eight hottest topics...all to variations of the same story.

1. board games Reported 2003-10-19 18:26:56 PST (Cosmos)

Carroms 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 35 minutes ago (Cosmos)
board games
Carrom UK 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 9 hours 6 minutes ago (Cosmos)
board games
board game 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 41 minutes ago (Cosmos)
board games

2. Carom Reported 2003-10-19 18:26:56 PST (Cosmos)

Carroms 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 35 minutes ago (Cosmos)
Carom
Carom 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 59 minutes ago (Cosmos)
Carom
board game 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 41 minutes ago (Cosmos)
Carom

3. carrom board game Reported 2003-10-19 18:26:56 PST (Cosmos)

Carroms 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 35 minutes ago (Cosmos)
carrom board game
Carom 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 59 minutes ago (Cosmos)
carrom board game
board game 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 41 minutes ago (Cosmos)
carrom board game

4. carrom board Reported 2003-10-19 18:26:56 PST (Cosmos)

Carroms 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 35 minutes ago (Cosmos)
carrom board
Carrom 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 36 minutes ago (Cosmos)
# posted by carrom : 5:52 PM
Carom 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 59 minutes ago (Cosmos)
carrom board

5. Carrom UK Reported 2003-10-19 18:26:56 PST (Cosmos)

Carroms 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 35 minutes ago (Cosmos)
Carrom UK
Carom 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 59 minutes ago (Cosmos)
Carrom UK
board game 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 41 minutes ago (Cosmos)
Carrom UK

6. carroms Reported 2003-10-19 18:26:56 PST (Cosmos)

Carroms 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 35 minutes ago (Cosmos)
carroms
Carom 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 59 minutes ago (Cosmos)
carroms
board game 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 41 minutes ago (Cosmos)
carroms

7. carrom association uk Reported 2003-10-19 18:26:56 PST (Cosmos)

Carrom 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 36 minutes ago (Cosmos)
w taken place in London with a top prize of £1001 and the Silver carrom trophy. There were champions in several different catergories including Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, each producing its own champion. The competition was sponsored by the Carrom Association UK
Board games 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 37 minutes ago (Cosmos)
Carrom
Carom 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 59 minutes ago (Cosmos)
Carom UK

8. carrom shop Reported 2003-10-19 18:26:56 PST (Cosmos)

Board games 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 37 minutes ago (Cosmos)
Carrom
Carroms 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 35 minutes ago (Cosmos)
Carroms Association UK
Carom 0 inbound blogs, 0 inbound links Created 8 hours 59 minutes ago (Cosmos)
Carom
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