Even though the vast majority of blogs are either abandoned or isolated, many bloggers like to link to other Web sites. These links allow analysts to track trends in blogs and identify the most popular topics of data exchange. Social media expert Matthew Hurst recently collected link data for six weeks and produced this plot of the most active and interconnected parts of the blogosphere.1 White dots represent individual blogs, sized according to number of links. Nearly 500,000 people visit the DailyKos every day, making it one of the world’s most popular blogs.
2 The bright spot here represents the popular site Boingboing, a “Directory of Wonderful Things.”
3 LiveJournal bloggers (like my sista, Charlotte)
4 Blue means blogs are reciprocal (they link to each other). The brightest light belongs to syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin.
5 Porn blogs. And no, I’m not going to link to them here.
6 Sports bloggers
But where, oh where, is the science blogosphere? Oh yeah, here.