Opting Out Of 2000 Bloggers
This 2000 Bloggers thing is definitely an inspired idea, a combination of the Million Dollar Home Page and MyBlogLog. Essentially at this 2000 Bloggers site, there’s room for 2,000 blogs to sign up with a photo of yourself, and a link to your blog. The next bit of info is that bloggers can paste smaller versions of this site on their own. As a relatively new blogger with a Technorati rank of 36,000 and 95 blogs linking in – hey, this looks tempting to give my rank some boost juice.
But Zoli Erdos brings up a good point which is calling it what it probably is – just a big link farm. Also, please note Web Strategy and his request to be removed from the 2,000 bloggers website. And lastly, it seems like Technorati is taking a look at sites like this and it’s certainly possible they may choose not to index it – thereby defeating part of their purpose.
As for why this could be seen as “gaming,” here’s an analogy. Imagine you go to a blog and you saw 2,000 links in their blogroll. What would you think? For one, the thought that said blogger literally visited 2,000 other blogs and thought they were all cool, goes out the window. Most likely not much thought went into what blog was added and why. And from a usability standpoint, there’s a critical number where choice becomes overwhelming and people just run the other way. There’s a reason why sites like digg have become popular – to filter down the ridiculous amount of choice on the web and try to quantify it in some way.
Which actually, is the whole reason why Technorati and its rank is useful – to try and assign some criteria of quality as to which what blogs were being read most often based on links.
So I think I’ll sit this one out. Because ultimately, I guess I’m an old school blogger, and like to read blogs where links are mostly based on interesting content – and where the blogger actually read stuff and put some thought into what was worth linking to (//engtech = quality). I’m just suggesting a link should be based on some small amount of merit rather than just jumping on some bandwagon. But ultimately, that’s just what I like to read and what I strive to do when figuring out what blogs to link to from here.
In this very post, I just linked to both Zoli’s Blog and Web Strategy because they had original thoughts that made me go “Hmmmm!”. I like that. So consider me jumping on a bandwagon of two. And I’ll add this link too, since I found it on Technorati: blackrimglasses.
I left out 1,998 blogs, but I just didn’t have time to read them all…
Note: Apologies if you were added to 2000 Bloggers against your will – you were probably popular enough, already!
Update: Looks like the creator of the site, Tino, took it down on his own. Read about it here.
One last comment on this subject – I think bloggers sign up for this kind of stuff because they think the system is broken, or there’s some cabal of 100 A-List bloggers that conspire to keep them out. I almost signed up myself. But I don’t think the system is busted. I’m trying to do my part as a C-list blogger to link to new stuff I find cool. Yes, this takes longer, but I have faith it’s the better way, and ultimately what’s best for the readers.
If you want to find other blogs to read and link to, I suggest signing up for MyBlogLog. Or just start clicking on people’s pictures in the MyBlogLog sidebar widget and go from there. But this is starting to be a whole ‘nother post…
Additional Reading: Tino, Mike McBride Deep Jive Interests, Nick Sanctuary, SplitBrain, Elaine Vigneault