Thursday, April 26, 2007

Bloggers, heard of new words 'dotsam' and 'netsam'?

I was browsing over Wikipedia’s write-up on blogging when I came across some very interesting new information. Wikipedia says it was reported by Chinese media Xinhua that the blog of Xu Jinglei received more than 50 million page views, claiming to be the most popular blog in the world. In mid-2006, it also had the most incoming links of any blogs on the Internet. Wow!

Another thing is that Wikipedia says that it is forecasted that blogging will peak in 2007, leveling off when the number of writers who maintain a personal website reaches 100 million.

Then, the analysts expect that the novelty value of the medium will wear off as most people who are interested in the phenomenon have checked it out, and new bloggers will offset the number of writers who abandon their creation out of boredom.

Here comes the very interesting part where we hear of brand new words such as “dotsam” and “netsam”. The analysts estimated that there are more than 200 million former bloggers who have ceased posting to their online diaries, creating an exponential rise in the amount of "dotsam" and "netsam" — that is to say, unwanted objects on the Web. Just like flotsam and jetsam on the beach!

Learned something new? Aha, I thought so.

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