Power law rulez

Not at all unsurprisingly, the Finnish blog world also adheres to Shirky's Power Law. Most blogs have less than ten readers, as measured by the Pinseri aggregator.

The image to the right was made by Peter of N├Ątkreatur and included here without permission (because he does not have any contact information on his blog; let me know if it's okay to keep it here). I found it from the Pinseri discussion on the new bloglist.

Everyone interested in the recent discussion of "blogging inner circles" and "the undemocratic nature of blogs" should read Shirky's article. The fact that some people get naturally selected as the "top" bloggers comes from the freedom to choose whom to read.

To quote Shirky: Inequality occurs in large and unconstrained social systems for the same reasons stop-and-go traffic occurs on busy roads, not because it is anyone's goal, but because it is a reliable property that emerges from the normal functioning of the system. The relatively egalitarian distribution of readers in the early years had nothing to do with the nature of weblogs or webloggers. There just weren't enough blogs to have really unequal distributions. Now there are.




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Yes, of course it's OK to use the picture (let's call it public domain). I just moved my blog and lost all my templates, so the page is a little bit under construction. Hence no contact information.

Shirky's essay and Barabasi's book Linked were on my mind when I decided to plot the graph. The result is not very surprising...

--Peter, 08-Dec-2004


Okay, thanks!

--JanneJalkanen, 08-Dec-2004


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