Saturday, April 21, 2007

Mapping the Blogosphere

Discover Magazine has an interesting article on mapping the blogosphere, reporting on the work of Matthew Hurst. The map you see on the top left is the result of that mapping project. Bright spots represent sites with the highest number of links, the isolated islands represent more-or-less closed communities like Livejournal.

The article makes special mention of six groups: the ultra-popular blog sites, gadget hounds, isolated blog communities, socipolitical discourse, porn, and sports.

Read the article for full description of each.


  1. Interesting article.

    Hey, I am on LJ too. :P I don't find it like a social networking site like Friendster and Multiply. I find it more like a group of blogs who have found ways to make it easier for people to find each other.

    Maybe it's a social networking site because of that feature but I find it better than Friendster in some ways. Or Multiply for that matter. For one, your primary display is still your individual blog, not your interests page. It will let you display your friends' blog entries on your friends' page too. But what I find nice about it is that you don't have to add someone as a friend per se to watch their blogs (unless it's a blog meant to be read by friends only).

    I don't know. I just don't want it to be labelled that way because it doesn't behave the way those other social networking sites do. Though I think that LJ makes it easier to hook up with others because it gives you the messages in your inbox directly (unless you turn off that option).

  2. Clair: well, what it really means is that LJ users just link to each other more than they do outside; and correspondingly, not too many other blogs link back to LJ blogs. That fits the profile, don't you think? The fact that LJ does have an island (and I've corrected my terminology in the original article) does mean that their LJ community's presence is significant; just more isolated from the rest of the blog space.