Thursday, May 24, 2007

Blogs may soon be more prevalent than Porn online

I must preface this entry by saying that I was minding my own business and watching a video of Noam Chomsky debating various figures when I discovered the root of this who inquiry.

You see, there was a video called Everything you Never Cared to Know about Porn(not a direct link), and well, I just had to know what it was all about. It turned out to be statistical information about internet pornography, and being the geek that I am, well, I thought I would compare them to the numbers being bandied about for the blogosphere.

According to the video, there are 372 million porn sites online, representing 12% of sites total. Technorati claims that there are about 77 million blogs, which according to my calculations would be about 2.5% of sites total on the internet.

The video also claims that 266 new porn sites are created every day(I think statistic above makes that number seem a little on the low side) while Technorati estimates that 120,000 new blogs are created daily. In other words, for every new porn site, there are roughly 450 new blogs. Or that in a day, more blogs are created than pornographic sites in a year.

If these current projections continue, the blogosphere is just a few years from overtaking pornography in terms of popularity (roughly two and a half years if Technorati's claim that the size of the blogosphere doubles every 320 days proves correct).

And on the day that happens, I guess the jokes about the internet being mostly porn will be a thing of the past and the jokes about the touchy feely world of emo kids and mommy bloggers will be the new norm, and I await that day, though I hope there is still room for a crank geek like me then.

5 comments:

SinisterDan said...

I'd be interested to know how they are defining a blog. For me, the angsty rambling of a kid on MySpace shouldn't count.

...of course, you weren't saying that this was a good thing...

Mayren said...

THATS AWESOME! - Blogs are the future but beating out porn (pun intended) that's cool!

MC said...

SD: In some cases, a Myspace "blog" does qualify by their standard. And you caught my ambiguity.

mayren: And think about how young a medium blogging is.

Micgar said...

Uhh Matthew, what happens if those blogs are porn? Just kidding? Dang! Who ever thought that blogging would overtake porn on the Internet in popularity?!

MC said...

Well, I chalk it up to people wanting to see themselves online...