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October 20, 2003
Weinberger on "When Blogging Gets Big"
David Weinberger has a thoughtful, interesting post
today on what's going to happen when (he says when, not if) blogs get _really_ big. The whole post is good, but this item caught my eye in particular:
The distinction between the big, high-traffic blogs and the rest of the world of blogging will be increasingly sharply etched. The "tail" will gain more and more value as the number of high-traffic blogs necessarily grows much more slowly. At some point, the "A-List" bloggers won't even seem like bloggers because what they're doing is so different from what the rest of us are doing. By analogy, when I receive some massive-circ email newsletter, I don't think of it as being like email I receive from a friend, even though both are using email transport. (This doesn't mean the high-traffic blogs will be of less intrinsic value. It does mean they'll be of less value relative to the increasing cumulative value of the lower-traffic blogs.)
The problem I've always had with the "power law" view of weblogs is that it treats all weblogs as the same sort of medium...when in fact, there's a big difference between the blogs at the top of that power law curve, the ones in the middle, and the ones at the tail.
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