Along with the observation that Time has dropped Blogs of the year award this time around, ( it is becoming a little difficult - we need to admit given the huge explosion of the blog population and the cacophony of voices and the various themes around which ideas are expressed.)Blogherals publishes the list of top ten interesting people in the blogosphere. Among the ten, I certainly find these four very interesting.
1.Matt Mullenweg, WordPress -The rising star of the blogosphere took a few blows from supposedly friendly folk this year, and yet bounced right back with the launch of a new company, and took the mantle of the blogosphere’s most popular DIY blogging script WordPress. This relaunch is taken very seriously by the Blogshere..
2. Jason Calacanis, Weblogs Inc., (AOL) - For legitimising the value of blogs as a serious and profitable media play by selling Weblogs Inc., for a rumored $25 million to AOL - If you take care to overlook his crazy predictions for 2006
3. Rupert Murdoch, News Corp - he now owns the largest blog provider on the planet: MySpace, with around 40 million + blogs. Murdoch knows his stuff and he doesn’t usually make stupid acquisitions. Expect his influence over the blogosphere to increase in the comming year.
4. David Sifry, Technorati- he turned around the nearly terminal Technorati into a fast, useful, and once again much loved search portal of choice for the blogosphere - we can see some more dramatic action in the forthcoming year centered around Technorati.
For these and countless other bloggers from the core blogsphere - the infrastructure providers - if I may say so as against those who use the medium to articulate their thoughts on various issues - congrats - you guys have really created, sustained and are growing a social pheneomenon with powerful reach- unthinkable even a few years back. To understand the reach, look at the range of topics from the list of what was considered hot in the blogosphere in 2005