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The Bigs of the Blogs

The most popular places in the blogosphere, according to Technorati, as measured by the number of links to those blogs during the past six months.

  1. Engadget
    This gearhead blog is in AOL's Weblogs Inc. network, along with Autoblog and Luxist.
  2. Gizmodo
    Gawker Media's top blog, the tech-centric Gizmodo tallied nearly 50 million page views in October '07, up 158% from October '06, according to SiteMeter.
  3. Boing Boing
    This gee-whiz indie blog calls itself a "directory of wonderful things"—from a short story written only with words from The Cat in the Hat to artful Japanese manhole covers.
  4. TechCrunch
    Web 2.0-centric Techcrunch has spawned an eponymous global network that includes French, Japanese, and British editions.
  5. The Huffington Post
    The No. 1 political site's starry roster includes Bill Maher, Valerie Plame, Alec Baldwin, Naomi Klein, and Charlie Rose.
  6. Lifehacker
    Gawker Media—owned Lifehacker gathers Heloise-like hints for the wired generation.
  7. Ars Technica
    Its name invokes Hippocrates ("Life is short, art is long"), and its commentary focuses on the "art of technology," strolling from gadgets to government regulation to tech-biz news.
  8. Mashable!
    This nexus of social-networking news is for those who can't get enough of Facebook.
  9. Blog di Beppe Grillo
    Basta! On his bilingual (English/Italian) blog, comic/activist Beppe Grillo comments on current affairs, especially corruption in Italian business and politics.
    This definitely-not-corporate site specializing in zany cat photos was inspired by a pic of a cat with the caption: "I can has cheezburger?"
  11. Daily Kos
    Markos Moulitsas Zuniga's liberal political blog inspired the annual Netroots Nation convention (formerly YearlyKos).
    From A-list to Z, Time Warner's celeb-obsessed TMZ has the dirt and the photos.

A version of this article appeared in the December 2007 issue of Fast Company magazine.