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Sifry Speaks On Languages And Tagging

David A. Utter
Staff Writer
Published: 2006-05-01

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In part two of Technorati founder David Sifry's State of the Blogosphere notes, we find the blog search engine tracks a couple million more blogs than it did two weeks ago.

Even with the millions of blogs being tracked, Sifry expressed how much the international blog scene has grown since they began tracking it last April.

He also noted three issues facing Technorati as the site stretches toward better analysis of non-English language blogs:

continuing improvements and potentially undiscovered bugs in the languid software they use to identify languages;
potential undercounts of both the French and Korean blogospheres;
and the likelihood that Japanese bloggers are continually adding short posts to their blogs via mobile phones, thus skewing the total number of posts analyzed by Technorati.

With those caveats in mind, Sifry noted the breakdown of blog posts by language. Japanese posts occupied 37 percent of those tracked by Technorati, while English posts held 31 percent share.

Chinese language posts fell all the way to 15 percent.

"Tagging, the act of categorizing posts with simple words or phrases, continues to grow, and the number of posts with tags or categories has grown past the 100 Million mark since Technorati began tracking tags in January of 2005," Sifry wrote.

The tagging analysis excludes the more generic tags like 'diary' or 'general', used on posts that haven't been categorized by the blogger.

Sifry said 47 percent of posts do have a category or tag assigned to them, with over a hundred million posts tagged.

That number increases at about 560,000 per day.


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