Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Monitoring the Blogosphere

Well, there is a derivative of the B word, but I doubt anyone would know what I meant by weblogosphere...

Yesterday I thought that the way to monitor the blogosphere was to use Technorati, but I have been watching the "Top Searched This Hour" and they seem unnaturally stable. I guess I understand why "Bush Indictment" has stayed on top given the frenzy that occured yesterday. I guess the question is how did it get there. Look some of the other items on the list. How would "Ruby On Rails" stay in the top ten for a whole day. I do not believe that it has become a common search word based on the fact that the author won a Google-O'Reilly Open Source Award. Why would that have happened when no other technology or person from the awards made the top search list (Ubuntu, SQLite...).

  • Audioscrobbler - I would not have expected this to have leggs.
  • Google - If this were organic staying power, I would expect the keyword to be "news feeds".
  • Linux - I am happy to see it, but if this made it there organicly, why is windows not there.
Then there are the people (and, presumably, a radio station).
Are these who you would have expected? How many do you think will be there tomorrow?

I think the "Top Searched This Hour" must really show searches which, by random action, bubbled up into that list and may have only had leggs to stay there for a few minutes, but then were locked in by two phenomina. First, once the query is on that list, people click on it. Are those searches included in the statistics? Second people fishing for traffic begin writing articles about these topics and the amount of material available to inspire people to perform these searches increases.

I think it is time to find a new way to monitor the blogosphere.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree.

Whoever redesigned technorati needs to be taken out to the wood shed.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 10:41:00 AM  
Blogger James said...

Although I myself succumbed to "fishing" for traffic, as you so aptly put, I would have to agree.

Technorati should be given a bit of a face-lift for an accurate representation, rather than a multitude of self-fulfilled prophesies.

However, I do have to say..."Bush Indictment" has to be something that's been on the subliminal mind of American citizens. Maybe it's about time the words were actually mouthed.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 1:53:00 PM  
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