Technorati has a most recent list of Top 100 blogs, “as measured by unique links in the last 6 months.” Ethan Zuckerman and Sam Flemming have both commented on why Chinese blogs are likely to be under-measured on Technorati (although it’s been said that Technorati is still better than the Chinese blog search engines). Flemming points out that some of the biggest Chinese blogs, such as that done by Chinese filmstar Xu Jinglei, get 100,000 page views per post and several thousand comments–but apparently, not as many unique links. It’s amazing how much we still don’t know about what’s going on on the Internet globally. Here’s some of what we do find on the Top 100:
First Chinese blog on the list comes up as #24, and is Fang Wenshan’s. Fang Wenshan, otherwise known as Vincent Fang, is a young Taiwanese R&B lyricist famous for his work with Jay Chou, one of Asia’s most popular young singers.
Then there’s Xiaxue at #69, one of Asia’s power bloggers, a young, flippant Singaporean woman who blogs in English, and loves her own image.
link to Sam Flemming post, “Where’s Xu Jinglei?” link to Ethan Zuckerman, “English Blogposts No Longer the Largest Plurality?”
Update: Technorati has added Xu Jinglei’s blog to what they monitor; on May 4 her blog overtook BoingBoing as the #1 blog as measured by unique links. Sam Flemming has a great summary of key issues here, including how influence is measured on the web and who is measuring. The bigger question for me is: what does “influence” do for a blog and for whom does it matter? I don’t think that Xu Jinglei probably cares all that much about what her PageRank is since her audience is reading and living within a Chinese language world, in which Google PageRank is not a big deal.