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As part of his duties running Technorati, Dave Sifry writes a seasonal "State of the Blogosphere" report. One purpose is to demonstrate the blog search engine's growing importance as the blog world explodes. Sure, it's exploding, but Dave can't decide how quickly. Watch him magically change the past:

  • October 2004: "The slowest rate at which the blogosphere has doubled in size is once every 5 months."
  • March 2005: "The blogosphere is doubling in size about once every 5 months."
  • August 2005: "The blogosphere has just about doubled again in the past 5 months, and that the blogosphere continues to double about every 5.5 months."
  • October 2005: "The total number of weblogs tracked continues to double about every 5 months."
  • February 2006: "The blogosphere we track continues to double about every 5.5 months."
  • April 2006: Dave's words: "The blogosphere we track continues to double about every 6 months." No word about this doubling being slower than before.
  • August 7, 2006: "Technorati has been tracking the blogosphere, or world of weblogs, since November 2002, and I'm constantly amazed at the growth over the years. The blogosphere has been doubling in size every 6 months or so."

That's right, it's always been doubling every six months. Oceana has always been at war with Eurasia. As the Party says, "Who controls the past controls the future."

State of the Blogosphere, August 2006 []