New „State of the Blogosphere, 2008“

It seems to me like it’s been a long time since the last state of the blogosphere analysis of technorati. I think the last one must have been early 2007.

In the new publication, they offer much more insight than they used to. They conducted a survey amongst bloggers:

For the first time, we surveyed bloggers directly about the role of blogging in their lives, the tools, time, and resources used to produce their blogs, and how blogging has impacted them personally, professionally, and financially. Our bloggers were generous with their thoughts and insights.

The whole publication is split into 5 daily segments, but I look particularly forward to day 5, when they seem to publish information about brands entering the blogosphere. Here is a breakdown of the 5 segments:

    Day 1: Who Are the Bloggers?
    Day 2: The What And Why of Blogging
    Day 3: The How of Blogging
    Day 4: Blogging For Profit
    Day 5: Brands Enter The Blogosphere

The top 25 Marketing Blogs according to Technorati

Here is a list of the top 25 marketing blogs according to

1 – Seth’s Blog – 9,034 (-68)(LW – 1)
2 – Duct Tape Marketing – 1,841 (-198)(LW – 2)
3 – Search Engine Guide – 1,679 (-23)(LW – 3)
4 – Logic + Emotion – 1,169 (-4)(LW – 4)
5 – Daily Fix – 1,081 (-29)(LW – 5)
6 – Brand Autopsy – 742 (-21)(LW – 6)
7 – The Engaging Brand – 717 (-31)(LW – 7)
8 – Influential Marketing – 709 (-18)(LW – 8)
9 – Drew’s Marketing Minute – 704 (-16)(LW – 9)
10 – Church of the Customer – 661 (No Change)(LW – 10)
11 – What’s Next – 645 (-5)(LW – 12)
12 – Conversation Agent – 639 (-17)(LW – 11)
13 – Diva Marketing – 629 (-14)(LW – 13)
14 – Jaffe Juice – 611 (-29)(LW – 14)
15 – The Viral Garden – 560 (-26)(LW – 15)
16 – Six Pixels of Separation – 505 (LW – UR)
17 – Converstations – 495 (-14)(LW – 16)
18 – Branding and Marketing – 464 (-5)(LW – 18)
19 – CK’s Blog – 462 (+1)(LW – 19)
20 – Servant of Chaos – 441 (-19)(LW – 20)
20 – Customers Rock! – 441 (+1)(LW – 21)
22 – Every Dot Connects – 393 (+2)(LW – 23)
23 – Greg Verdino’s Marketing Blog – 390 (-28)(LW – 22)
24 – Chaos Scenario – 384 (-5)(LW – 24)
25 – Experience Curve – 378 (-95)(LW – 17)

A short description from the viralgarden blog, where I found this list:

The number you see after the blog name is how many sites/blogs Technorati claims have linked to the blog in the last 6 months. After that number is a positive or negative number, and this represents how many links the blog gained or lost from last week’s Top 25. The final stat tells you what position the blog held in the Top 25 Last Week (LW).

I have to admit that I am not subscribed to all of them. Some I even deleted from my reading list again. Links from Technorati might be a good indicator for influence, but that of course still doesn’t implicate relevance…

The unexpected power of TV advertising

Even though the discussion about the life after the 30 Sec. Spot continues, there are still some amazing examples of how TV advertising produces visible results.

There is a TV spot for German Telekom currently running in Germany, that is quite nicely done, a few nice special effects, absorbing visuals and surprising scene-cuts. But really nothing special.

Yet, the spot draws you in, fascinates you (well, at least me). And that’s mainly because of the song they’ve chosen. It’s „Paint it Black“ by the Rolling Stones and a search on Technorati for this song shows that many people talk about it.

Indeed, if you look at Yahoo! Clever (Yahoo! Answers) in Germany, there are many people looking for the song in the Telekom Ad.

And, furthermore: this song, even though a few decades old, made it all the way to Nr. 2 of the German iTunes charts! Listed before Maroon 5 and P!nk, for example!

The product of German Telekom launches on the 4th of June, so we don’t know yet, how successful this will be.

But we certainly know already, that the TV spot has helped the Rolling Stones catapult one of their classics all the way up the charts. I find this rather amazing.

The changing landscape of (blog) search

Steve Rubel writes about the changing landscape of blog search. Google killed it, he claims, and it seems plausible.

For one, there is good reason why the attractiveness of search engines like technorati has faltered:

The improvements are nice, but I have to admit that I don’t use Technorati nearly as much as I used to. Link authority was a good metric a year ago, but it’s not nearly as worthwhile today when you consider all of the centers of influence one may wish to search and track. Link authority doesn’t tell me who’s an influencer on Facebook or which video artists are rising on YouTube. It was great in 2005, ok in 2006 and really has faded from relevance in 2007. […] While we still use vertical search engines today to dig through news, blogs, video, etc., their days are numbered. The lines are blurrier. Google News, for example, has lots of blogs. More importantly, the big web search engines are going becoming sophisticated enough to make an educated guess as to what information you’re seeking. It won’t care if it comes from the live or static web. It will serve up relevance and soon time-stamped sorting.

Is there anything that will put an end to Google’s dominance? Probably not. But it was never within their own fields that big monolithic companies were beat. IBM still offers some of the best servers. Microsoft is still a quasi-Monopoly in PC OS.

Whoever „beats“ Google will have find a totally new field of activity.

By the way, I love to take sneak preview of what Google is toying with

What the Twitter?

Sometimes things hit you with several punches at once.

I was listening to an episode of the „six pixels of separation“ podcast by Mitch Joel, and just before I came home he praised twitter. Half an hour later, on his blog, I found a post about twitter, and then, later while going through my feeds, I found another post by Adpulp about twitter.

So what is it? As Mitch Joel writes, …

It’s being called a micro-Blogging platform. […] Simply put you can send a text message (SMS length) either through a website, instant messenger or mobile device to your own customized Twitter page.

There are many people now, who constantly update twitter (and with twitter-widgets, this also appears on their blogs). I am not sure why peole would do that. But Mitch has some thoughts on this:

As consumers take more control of the media, these individuals are building tremendous personal brands and the people who are connected to these personal brands want more connections and information. Twitter takes this idea and brings it down to the core: what is that person doing right now. Imagine how many millions of people buy magazines to read about their favorite celebrity. Now imagine if those celebrities were using Twitter. Micro-chunks of information that keeps everybody in their loop.

And then, again not much later, I find that Meish muses about twitter and classifies some profiles of twitterers (is that what they’re called?)

  • The Briefers, who provide only bulletins relating to current location or status. Example: Waiting for the bus. Cold.
  • The Detailers, who use Twitter to give an insight into what they’re thinking, eating, listening to, looking forward to, planning, and so on. Example: Wondering what to have for tea tonight. Pasta, maybe.
  • The Kitchen Sinkers, who use Twitter as a new form of blogging, recording thoughts and links and opinions and ideas, addressed to no-one in particular. Example: Traffic lights broken at the corner of high street. Phoned work and told them I’ll be late. That’s the fourth time this week. Sigh.
  • The Pongers, who respond publically to other users whose updates they are receiving via Twitter (so called because they return each IM ping with a pong). Example: @Jim: Hahaha! Yes!

But it’s not just for people. Technorati and Google News also have twitter channels.

As if blogs, MySpace profiles, videos on YouTube, podcasts and everything else is not enough already. Now we can let the whole world know what we’re doing – every minute of the day.

I like blogs, and I publish some of my photos on flickr. But that’s about as far as I would go. Not sure why I would want to tell everyone about my whereabouts all the time…