Internet Report Card

An interesting question that is often asked is, “What is the effect of the Internet on the political process?” Post-election data seems to indicate that politically oriented blogs are becoming more popular among citizens and continually moving higher in ranking. (A lower number in ranking is better; ie yahoo, google, and youtube are numbers 1,2, and 3.)
Major blogs of both political persuasions had higher traffic in the last three months of the past election season, according to Alexa (a web traffic reporting service):

Site
FreeRepublic

Redstate

Daily Kos

Democratic Underground

Michellemalkin.com

Pajamasmedia.com

Powerlineblog.com

Huffingtonpost.com

Rank
3,058

28,940

3,024

5,407

11,166

17,366

26,240

566

Improvement in rank
1,224

17,746

928

702

3,566

2,368

665

43

Interesting that while both DailyKos and FreeRepublic gained rank, the FreeRepublic sites increase in rank was larger and they are closing the gap with Kos and in a virtual tie for position. Some smaller blogs on the right made dramatic improvements in rank:

Site
Jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com

Lawhawk.blogspot.com

Iowahawk.typepad.com

Rank
112,032

333,732

161,005

Improvement in rank
58,586

444,595

158,049

And then there is Little Green Footballs, which is defined by Alexa as a “Weblog covering issues dear to both conservatives and US liberals” which lost rank:

Site

Little Green Footballs

Rank

19,984

Improvement in rank

-2,252

Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, who in late spring appeared to go on a personal crusade against fundamentalist Christians, intentionally alienating many of his readers (of many faiths) with a continual evolution vs. creationism battle, seems to have sent his readers fleeing.

I’ve got to wonder about the “US liberals” though. Does that mean United States liberals or “we liberals?”

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