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What is the Blogosphere?

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Question: What is the Blogosphere?
The blogosphere - what is it? If you've ever visited a blog in your Web search travels, you've entered the blogosphere.
Answer: WiseGeek.com has a great all-around definition for what the blogosphere is:

The blogosphere is a term used to describe the millions of interconnected blogs on the Internet. The term was first used in late 1999 as a joke, and continued to be used sporadically as a humorous term for the next few years. The blogosphere is a way of describing the social creature that grows from a critical mass of blogs. - WiseGeek

So what’s so great about mining the blogosphere? What can you find in the world of blogs? I think I can sum it up in one word: people. Blogs are all about personal, customized content – what you read is what you get. For instance, I have a personal blog in which I write about my daily life with my family, my cats, and life in general. Sure, it’s probably not interesting to anyone but me, but it’s got that all-important element of “people” in it.

When you start poking around the blogosphere, you’re going to get a lot of blogs about cats (not kidding), but you’re also going to get blogs centered around someone’s political views, another person’s take on the latest fashion flubs, somebody else’s opinion on technology news, and so much more. The blogosphere is the personal side of the World Wide Web, and there’s definitely a lot to explore.

More about the Blogosphere

  • Blog Search Engines: Blog search engines have become more and more sophisticated, and nowadays you can do a blog search on a variety of topics and hit paydirt. Here is a list of some of the best blog search engines out there - take 'em for a blog search test drive and see what you think.
  • Technorati: Technorati is a real-time search engine dedicated to the blogosphere. It only searches through blogs to find exactly what you're looking for. At the time of this writing, Technorati was tracking over 22 million sites and over a billion links, a mind-boggling amount.
  • The Most Searched For Blogs of 2006: Here are the top Yahoo blog searches of 2006 - the ones that the most people searched for the most number of times in Yahoo Search - in image gallery format. I'm sure you'll see at least a couple of your favorites here - and perhaps a few that might become new favorites.

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