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European Blogosphere Stats (Campus Party Europe Presentation)

Last April I participated in the coordination of the Bloggers area of the Campus Party Europe in Madrid. This was possible thanks to Jonan Basterra and Marcos Morales the masterminds behind Pixel y Dixel.

Beyond the great experience of spending a few days in a super-geeky event, I also had the opportunity to prepare with Jonan this study about the perception of the European Blogosphere based on the responses given by European bloggers invited to Campus Party Europe. This is not a scientific work, it is fully subjective but still bears a lot of interesting information that prompted a very interesting debate with my copresenter Ben Hammersley and with the audience.

The presentation starts by giving some numbers to make it easier to understand and manage the magnitudes of the numbers we talk about. It then dives into the responses given to the survey, which for me raises a lot of questions, and that really helped to spark the debate.

The presentation was broadcasted live by the event organizers, but I have not been able to find that video. Luckily, the people of Puntotic recorded the conference on their own and shared it with the world.


The European Blogosphere – Presentation Transcript


  1. The European Blogosphere??

    Campus Party Europe 2010

    Monday, May 17 2010

  2. Europe

    ??? 501.259.840 people
    ??? 27 countries
    ??? 23 of???cial languages

  3. Europe

    ??? 501.259.840 people
    ??? 27 countries
    ??? 23 of???cial languages

    ??? 306.050.595 people
    ??? 1 country
    ??? 1 national language

  4. Europe

    ??? 501.259.840 people
    ??? 27 countries
    ??? 23 of???cial languages

    ??? 450.000.000
    native speakers

  5. Blogs in Europe

    ??? 15-20 million blogs*

    * Estimate??

  6. Blogs in Europe

    ??? 15-20 million blogs
    More active countries

    ??? France
    ??? United Kingdom
    ??? Poland
    ??? Spain
    ??? Finland

  7. The blogosphere??debate

    ??? Nicole Simon, Cruel to Be Kind. Interview by Jean-Yves Huwart for GlobeCorp


  8. TOP European??blogs??

    6 Political, 4 Tech

    3 English, 3 Spanish, 2 German, 1 Italian & 1 French

  9. Top 50 European blogs (Alianzo)
  10. Iain Dale’s Diary
  11. Netzpolitik.org
  12. L’espresso blog

  13. #cpartyeu Survey??

  14. Subject of the European blogs

    others 7%

    Gossip&Celebrities ??17%


    Technology 49%??

  15. Age of European blogs

    < 1 year ??6%

    > 1 year 6%

    > 4 years 34%

    > 2 years 27%

    > 3 years 26%

  16. Professional Bloggers:??Are there bloggers in??your country that make a??living blogging?

    I???m Not sure 18%

    NO 13%


  17. Are there blog networks in your country?

    I don???t know????32%


    NO 13%??

  18. Are blogs anonymous or signed by authors with their real name?

    anonymous (alias) ??32%

    real name??68%

    lunes 17 de mayo de 2010

  19. Gender division:??Women in the blogosphere???

    women ??30%

    men 70%

  20. Evolution of blogs in??Europe:??Blogging is???

    Booming 40%??

    Stable 52%

    Deteriorating 8%

  21. Blog domains:??Do European blogs have their own domain???



  22. Platform: Which blog???s CMS is??most used in Europe?

    Blogger 16%

    Others 6%??


  23. Traditional Media:??Do Newspapers, TV,??radio, etc. in your??country have blogs?

    Very few do??15%

    None do 2%

    Most do 37%

    Some do??46%

  24. Blogger Meetings???Are there blogger??meetings or blogger??events often in your??country?

    NO 25%??


  25. Bloggers in social media > bloggers also??use:






  26. Evolution of blogs in Europe

    ??? Downward trend 2009
    ??? Upward trend early 2010

    ??? Social Networks??

  27. Evolution of blogs in Europe

    ??? Page views no longer relevant: impact of social networks.

    ??? Networked in???uence

  28. Thank You! ??Muchas gracias!
    Survey & Work made

    Jonan Basterra @Pixel_Jonan

    Ram??n Su??rez @ramonsuarez

Yes, blogging has peaked and it is not a problem

According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, blogging activity has dropped drastically among young adults in the United States, a demographic that traditionally helps define the tenor of the online conversation. In December 2007, for instance, 28 percent of all 18-to-29-year-olds with an Internet connection kept some sort of blog. By the same time last year, that number hovered around 15 percent. Meanwhile, the number of teens who say they blog regularly continues to shrink, as the Web’s youngest users ditch the blogosphere for the frantic pace of the social-media world.

The study from Pew Research does nothing but confirm what we all have been noticing around us: amateur blogging is disappearing. While I don’t think it will completely die, it is clear that the big amounts of effort it requires and the little rewards it entitles are not the best ways to incentive blog writing. Only professional bloggers have enough incentives to keep on writing regularly.

Of all the blogs I follow, only the professional ones keep up the pace. A lot of personal bloggers have stopped writing or greatly reduced their contributions. Why wouldn’t they with Facebook and Twitter’s instant gratification and reduced effort? Why on earth would we have to consider that it is a problem?

Lets face it, most of the personal blogposts are exactly that, personal, and directed to a group of friends: they will be much better served in a less publicly scrutinized platform like Facebook, or Netlog, or Tuenti, or you-name-the-closed-garden-social-network.

The same goes for Twitter. If we translate it to our day to day communications in fisical-out-of-the-web-world with other humans, most of what we do is chit-chat, send and receive small bits of information. We discuss things we have seen and find worthy of an exchange and direct friends and colleagues towards them if they do not know them. We make a lot of small talk so that we get to know each other better and feel more comfortable for the day when we will have more profound / serious / long conversations. Doesn’t it sound a lot like what we do on Twitter and blogging?

Smaller effort and instant or almost satisfaction: sounds like a winning combination.

Social networking, just like Google, does not makes us stupid, it makes us more communicative and efficient in our communications. It is all about human relations. Technology just enables us to multiply our contacts with other human beings. Why would this be a problem?

What we are witnessing is just the adaptation of Internet communication to the inner needs of social humans.

Video: The state of the Internet in numbers

I can not help it, I love meaningful data. And if the data is portrayed in a way that is easy to visualize I love it even more. This is a great video example of Internet data visualization. For all those preparing presentations (including myself) I’ve made a transcript of all the data, except for the years when the social networks where created, and added a couple more numbers extrapolated from the data in the video.

The numbers have been included with all their zeros (taking into account USA numbering) to make it easier to grasp the volumes we are talking about and to try to avoid some of the mistakes that are usually made when transferring billions and trillions from country to country. It will also be easier to do copy and pasting to a spreadsheet program (which sucks in transnational settings.) I have outlined a couple disparities in numbers, which are probably due to rounding and differences in the dates of samples. Everything that I’ve included is in italica.

Internet 2009 in numbers

  • 1730000000 Internet users worldwide (September 2009), of which:
    • 738257230 are in Asia,
    • 418029796 are in Europe,
    • 252908000 are in North America,
    • 179031479 are in Latin America and the Caribbean,
    • 67371700 are in Africa, and
    • 20970490 are in Oceania (Australia is part of it).
  • Adding all these values we get a total of 1676568695 Internet users worldwide, which means that 53431305 are missing from the first number in the video (they are probably in Atlantis).
  • Using only the numbers per location in the video, the distribution of Internet users in the world is:
    • ??44.03% of users in Asia,
    • 24.93% in Europe,
    • 15.08% in North America,
    • 10.68% in Latin America and the Caribbean,
    • 4.02% in Africa, and
    • 1.25% in Oceania.
  • 90000000000000 emails sent in 2009.
  • 247000000000 emails sent on average per day (which translates exactly to 90155000000000 in a year.)
  • 200000000000 spam emails sent on average per day, 81% of total.
  • 1400000000 email users in the world. (using the per day data good emails represents 19% of all emails, for a total of 47000000000 emails a year, which would mean 12253.57 good emails per person every year, makes you wonder…)
  • 234000000 websites (as of December 2009.)
  • 126000000 blogs on the Internet (according to BlogPulse.) Which would mean that 53.84% of the Internet sites are blogs!
  • 84% of social network sites have more women than men.
  • 27300000 Tweets per day (November 2009.)
  • 4250000 people following @aplusk (already 4600332 when I wrote this post.)
  • 260000000000 page views served by Facebook per month. Which is more than 6000000 page views per minute or 37400000000000 in a year.
  • 24000000000 page views per month served by MySpace.
  • 4400000000 page views per month served by Twitter.
  • 1900000000 page views per month served by LinkedIn.
  • 30000 servers used by Facebook.
  • 350000000 people on Facebook. (Which means that members view 742.86 Facebook pages per month.)
  • 2500000000 photos uploaded each month to Facebook. At this rate it will reach 30000000000 uploads per year.
  • 4000000000 pictures hosted by Flickr (October 2009.)
  • 1000000000 videos served by YouTube per day.
  • 1220000000 videos viewed per month on YouTube in the US.
  • 924000000 videos viewed per month on Hulu in the US (November 2009.)
  • 182 videos watched a month by the average USA citizen.
  • 82% of the USA population watch videos online.
  • 148000 new zombie computers every day (these are the ones sending out billions of spam emails.)
  • 2600000 malicious code threats (viruses, trojans, etc.) at the start of 2009.
  • There are a hell of a lot of zeros in this post.

I’m sure somebody with good spreadsheet and statistical skills can make a great working table out of this. Please let me know if you see any mistakes so that I can correct them.

Shame on me!

Cartoon about blog posting

It has been a while since my last post here (I’ve been active in my Spanish blog about Brussels). Nothing better than this cartoon to showcase one of the many facets of the strugle to post: while many times we are enthusiastic and easily post about many things we find, a lot of other times we just think it is a waste of effort.

The inner fight that many times stops some great fresh posts to see the light of the screen.

Bookmarklet link bug fixed in Posterous

I had my first experiences with Posterous’ customer support this week and it has been very positive. As you can see from my posts, I use this blog as a notebook for content I find on the Internet (my memory in the cloud) thanks to Posterous’ wonderful bookmarklet. A few days ago, I went back to one of these “memories” and found that the links were not working (and that although it had over 100 readers, nobody had said a thing about it, but that’s another story).

Here is the message I sent them to report the bug via their Send Feedback link:

There is a persistent bug that affects links within the text that is shared with the bookmarklet. When I select a text and click on the bookmarklet everything looks ok, but the links within the text are altered and instead of making refference to the original page they make refference to my own page.

For example: Selecting the text in the page: http://www.seomoz.org/article/search-ranking-factors I created this post with the bookmarklet: http://ramonsuarez.com/search-engine-ranking-factors-2009 The links where changed like in this example: http://ramonsuarez.com/#negative-ranking-factors When they should have been like this: http://www.seomoz.org/article/search-ranking-factors#negative-ranking-factors So every time I post content from other sites I have to manually edit the post.

Anyway, thanks a lot for your effort in Posterous. You have made it so easy to share my thoughts on the stuff I run into when surfing the net that I have found again the joy of blogging.

A couple days later I got an email from Garry Tan with the best message I could get:

Thanks for the bug report. Spent a few hours and this should be fixed now

And indeed it is fixed. Thank you Garry!

Enrique Dans and company management: startup model vs traditional companies

“The efficiency gap between startups and companies managed in a traditional way is widening”

Enrique Dans was one of the many great people the members of the Webmission met during Evento Blog España. He is one of the brightests minds in the Spanish speaking web scene, with a very interesting view on the business and sociological part of it. If you are looking for Spanish influencers not to miss, Enrique is the nº1 you should keep in mind.

On top of it, he is just great. A bloguer at heart, he lives by the principle of sharing knowledge and promotes access to himself with a full disclosure of his contact details.

A lot of people talk the talk, Enrique walks the walk.