I was inspired to follow an ad link related to blogging as business on Sterling’s weblog, Chip’s Quips, earlier today. Ultimately, where it led me was to some graphical representations of the weblog ecosystem, sometimes known by that too-hip term “blogosphere”. The overview of digital social networking that emerges from these graphical networking maps is actually fairly interesting to ponder. It also shows that politcs and technical discussion (the two foci of SOB) are the apparent most and second-most (respectively) popular topics for weblogs.
A couple of enhancements to this would be muchly appreciated, of course:
- I’d like to see an imagemap so that each node on the node-displaying graphics is a link to the actual website.
- I’d also like to see it focus a bit less heavily on single-domain weblog communities like livejournal.com and blogger.com, as I feel that a lot of interconnected weblog community is being ignored by the fact that those communities are so insular and incestuous in their technical implementations.
It’s a good start, though.