Clay Shirkey has posted some

Clay Shirkey has posted some interesting analysis of the popularity of weblogs. The basic thesis, which strikes me as reasonable, is that being first has huge advantages because it’s easier to get noticed when there are a handful of blogs than thousands and it’s therefore more likely that the early bloggers get on people’s “favorite blog” lists and therefore be read by new users who will, in turn, be more likely to add them to their lists than, say, a blog they haven’t read. The conclusion is also sound–the point of blogging isn’t to reach tens of thousands of people and therefore become, essentially, a broadcaster, with the impersonality that necessitates. (Link via Dan Gillmor)

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