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Friday, November 16, 2007

The blogosphere is dry!

usually, there will be an avalanche of news stories in the world of blogs that we bloggers affectionately call blogosphere. And we promptly ignore the spelling mistake alert on the word 'blogosphere' and continue on.

The last 10 days or so, I sense a dryness in blogosphere; I mean, nothing new or interesting is found. Not even any thing new on the PR reduction by Google. Probably, people are really tired discussing an abyss.

I thought I could perk up the minds of fellow bloggers by posting an interesting history of the word 'Blogosphere' itself.

*The term blogosphere was coined on September 10, 1999 by Brad L. Graham, as a joke.
*It was re-coined in 2002 by William Quick and was quickly adopted and propagated by the warblog community.
*The term resembles the older word "logosphere" (from Greek logos meaning word, and sphere, interpreted as world), the "the world of words", the universe of discourse.
*It also resembles the term "noosphere" (Greek nous meaning mind).

As of 2007, a lot of people still treat the term blogosphere as a joke; however, the BBC, and National Public Radio's programs Morning Edition, Day To Day, and All Things Considered have used the term several times to discuss public opinion.

A number of media outlets in recent years have started treating the blogosphere as a gauge of public opinion, and it has been cited in both academic and non-academic work as evidence of rising or falling resistance to globalization, voter fatigue, and many other phenomena.

And if you feel like saying thanks to me, do so and I will obediently forward it to wikipedia.
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