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State of the Australian blogosphere


Sam Roggeveen


25 September 2008 16:28

Technorati, a widely cited blog aggregator, search engine and ranking service, has release its 2008 'State of the blogosphere' report. The headline figures are pretty breathtaking. Technorati found blogs in 81 languages from 66 countries, making blogging a truly global phenomenon. Oddly, Technorati itself doesn't take a stab at how many blogs there are in the world, though it quotes one estimate of 184 million.

There's not much detail about the Australian blogosphere, but a pie chart indicates 3% of the world's blogs originate here (we're talking here about all kinds of blogs, most of them personal journals read by a few friends and family).

My anecdotal take on the Australian political blogosphere is cautiously optimistic. It is still immature and less influential compared to the US political blogosphere, but I'm encouraged by the emergence of some good foreign/security policy blogs from ANU and ANU students, and Crikey has just launched a suite of blogs, some on politics. Even Lowy Institute ex-interns are getting in on the act. It's all good.