Wednesday, October 08, 2003

New survey shows over 900,000 active blogs

The Perseus study of blogging may not be accurate, according to a new survey by NITLE (National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education).

The disparity between the Perseus research and NITLE's figures apparently lies in the type of blogs that were analyzed. The Perseus survey analyzed the estimated 4.12 million sites that have been created on blog-hosting services, such as Blog-City, BlogSpot, Diaryland, LiveJournal, Pitas, TypePad, Weblogger and Xanga, while the NITLE index includes standalone blogs as well as hosted.

It is interesting that NITLE chooses 8 weeks of inactivity as the benchmark to declare a blog inactive. I suppose if I had to pick a figure, I would choose about two months as well. The new survey also takes into account sites that are "test" sites.