I Think I'm Gonna Throw Up

I couldn't be more thrilled. After reading David Sifry's State of the Blogosphere report yesterday, curiosity led me to search Technorati's listings to see where my blog lies among the more than 50 million they're tracking. And there it was, in 1669958th place! The feeling I get from seeing a number like that is hard to put into words, but basically, it makes me want to throw up. Sure, it could be worse; I could be in 1669959th place instead. But still, that's the sort of number I usually associate with distances in space, or maybe the number of lottery dollars I didn't win yesterday. It's an outside-my-normal-frame-of-reference number. In this case, however, the number is very real, and it affects me in a very personal way. I'm sad. Really, really sad.

Okay, I'm over it now. So what is the current state of the blogosphere, anyway? Well, it's about 100 times more massive than it was three years ago, doubling in size every 200 days. It's spawning two blogs per second now, which I believe is twice the rate reported last time, and 18.6 posts per second. In other words, it's out of control, man. And as you might expect, the spammers are still going nuts over it, too.

About 70% of the pings Technorati receives are from known spam sources, but we drop them before we have to send out a spider to go and index the splog.

Inky binky. I wonder what would happen if all those spings were reflected back to their respective sources. Infinite feedback loop, or something else?


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