Saturday, July 19, 2008

160 thousand Egyptian blogs according to report

The Egyptian blogosphere has grown into 160 000 blogs according to this 25 pages report(Arabic PDF) by the Information and Decision Making Center at the cabinet council.

I think it sounds a bit too much - Alaa or anyone, a penny for your thoughts?

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Anonymous Alaa said...

they have a pretty decent methodology for counting blogs, but u must note that they say the number of actually active blogs is somewhere between 40% to 60% of the total.

so the real number of egyptian bloggers would be more like 60-90 thousands (which matches my estimates based on rate of growth when I could count all blogs myself).

what would be more interesting is to try and map the connections in these blogs, do they represent thousands of networks? just a handful? do most of them link to other bloggers and interact with them or are they mostly isolated bloggers?

11:20 AM  
Blogger Sniff said...

Another question could be: how many represent an agenda or movement and how many are isolated individuals writing a "diary" or just talking to their friends on everyday issues?

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Alaa said...

@sniff the report covers this question as much as possible, it has an estimate based on a random sample of the percentage of bloggers who publish banners that reveal political positions/affiliation/etc.

the report is quite good IMO

analysis of links between blogs (including through comments) would be the logical next step.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Ibn ad Dunya said...

Hi Alaa, hope you had a good time at Wikimania!?

Would that be something done along the lines of Kelly & Etling´s Mapping Irans Online Publlic?

http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/sites/cyber.law.harvard.edu/files/Kelly&Etling_Mapping_Irans_Online_Public_2008.pdf



something, that according to my undestanding is forthcoming in another study from Berkman about the Arab blogosphere later this summer.

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/idblog/2008/06/04/understanding-the-arabic-blogosphere/

Something that is being done in somewhat the same way on the Kuwaiti blogosphere by Noor Ali Hassan
http://www.noor.bz/blogstudy/methods.html

60 000-90 000 would make it roughly the same size as active blogs in the Iranian blogosphere(the numbers from Kelly&Etling), not bad at all!

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Alaa said...

@ibn ad dunya yeah I'm looking forward to the Berkman study but it's focus is language a smaller scale study of the egyptian blogosphere might also be interesting.

I remember hearing much higher numbers for the irani blogosphere.

another interesting question is how do you build useful community hubs like the aggregator that can cope with this scale?

10:09 AM  
Blogger Ibn ad Dunya said...

Looking forward to Berkman´s study like a child in the candy store! I totally agree with the importance of a study of the egyptian blogosphere.

Yes, i´ve also heard much much higher numbers, 700 000 is one number that was circulating a while ago, but i decided to stick with the numbers of Kelly/Etling. The percentage of active blogs in the Irani blogosphere seems to be less though judging from the report.

Yes the hub/agregators question must be a real challenge?

11:05 AM  

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