14 million blogs, 1.4 billion links between them

James Cherkoff pinged me and let me know of a BBC Radio 4 programme broadcast, Shop Talk, where he was invited to take part in a discussion on corporate blogs earlier this week.

Listened to it this morning and enjoyed the show (is available for streaming).

I liked this quote (paraphrased) from James.

"The figure that is often quoted is the number of blogs out there, currently 14 million blogs.

The figure that I think is more interesting is the fact that there are 1.4 billion links between those blogs."

I don't know where he got the number (James, where? That's an average of a thousand one hundred links per blog!).  Whatever the number, he's right to point out the connectivity between the blogs. It is this interlinking, cross referencing and trackbacking that makes blogs such a conversational and dynamic medium.

Also on the show were
Adriana Cronin Lukas of the Big Blog Company, Simon Phipps of Sun Microsystems, Azeem Azhar, Heather Platts and Thomas Mahon, a  Savile Row tailor, who runs the English Cut blog.

Comments (5)
  1. Steven says:

    Last time I checked, 1,400,000,000 / 14,000,000 was 100.

  2. MSDNArchive says:

    At least someone is paying attention around here! thanks for the catch Steve.

  3. Andy says:

    Hehe oh yeah, it’s 100 not 1,000. I was gonna comment and say it could be 1,000 links from each blog cos if you think about it, a lot of times people post and have like at least 4 or 5 links from each post, and then there’s often at least 100 links in the blogroll.

    And anyway isn’t a "billion" different in America/Europe? Like one place it means a thousand million, and one place it means a million million? Confusing.

  4. Steven says:

    A billion used to be 1,000,000,000,000 in British English. It still does in most other languages ("Biljoen" in Dutch, for instance). 1,000,000,000 was a milliard ("Miljard").

    However, to avoid confusion, the British have taken to using billion=1E9. The government adheres to this, as does the BBC. Most people were influenced by the US billion anyway.

  5. It used to be on technorati´s home page – not anymore for some reason…

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