September 19, 2004
Old Media Screws Up Again

Allahpundit quotes a press release containing a story from the next issue of Time. This sentence struck me as odd:

Bush staff members rely on and, which track political blogs and websites to see what items in local papers, on websites or in blogs are getting the most hits.

I hope this is not what the story itself will say. Has the reporter even visited The Truth Laid Bear? The famous Ecosystem does not track the most-read ("getting the most hits") posts or stories or subjects, it tracks the most-linked blogs, which is not the same thing at all.* It would be completely useless for the purpose attributed to it by Time. I certainly hope "Bush staff members" are not wasting time trying to figure out which topics are hot from N. Z. Bear. Of course, like any other blogger, he posts his own thoughts on various timely topics, but is no more useful than any other low-volume blogger for tracking what is hot. (I originally wrote that he is "no more useless than any other low-value blogger", which is equally true, if less pertinent.)

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* I'm a "large mammal", ranked 477th out of 15,035. If anyone is wondering, number 15,035 is the "George Bush is a Liar" blog, which sounds about right -- the rank, I mean, not the assertion, which is both hopelessly banal and obviously false.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at September 19, 2004 10:16 PM

I'm sure what they meant is that they scan the Truth Laid Bear to see which BLOGS are hot, and then check out those blogs.

The reporter is probably just blog-illiterate.

Posted by: Dean Esmay on September 19, 2004 11:31 PM

I agree, if by "they" you mean the Bush staffers. Of course, in that case we have clever Bushies contrasted with screw-up Time-servers ignorantly or lazily compressing two steps into one, when a simple check of the sites named would have cleared things up. That fits my stereotyping world-view.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil on September 20, 2004 12:40 AM

More properly, you are a large, mammal-sized insect.

Posted by: Crank on September 21, 2004 12:41 PM

My current favorite blog-tracking site is

I find myself going to it seveal times a day to see what other people are following.

Posted by: H.D. Miller on September 22, 2004 01:27 PM

DO you think the old media will ever change?

Posted by: nels on September 22, 2004 03:38 PM

Hey, Dr Weevil good to see that I have good company in that area of the TLB Ecosystem. Althought I doubt its accuracy at times.

I rather doubt Bush-staffers are using TLB to find out what topics are or not.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge on September 26, 2004 01:51 PM