February 10, 2003

Power Laws

Clay Shirky: Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality

Though there are more new bloggers and more new readers every day, most of the new readers are adding to the traffic of the top few blogs, while most new blogs are getting below average traffic, a gap that will grow as the weblog world does. It’s not impossible to launch a good new blog and become widely read, but it’s harder than it was last year, and it will be harder still next year. At some point (probably one we’ve already passed), weblog technology will be seen as a platform for so many forms of publishing, filtering, aggregation, and syndication that blogging will stop referring to any particularly coherent activity. The term ‘blog’ will fall into the middle distance, as ‘home page’ and ‘portal’ have, words that used to mean some concrete thing, but which were stretched by use past the point of meaning.

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  1. Frank Leong says:

    Superb article link! Pretty interesting stuff. Scary that everything turns out to be a mass-medium…

    Posted February 10, 2003 @ 7:34 pm

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