I was never a very big fan of N.Z. Bear’s Blogosphere ecosystem, despite the category names, probably because the minimal overlap with my own ecosystem meant that I only made a brief appearance as a Insignificant Microbe. Even without cute categories, I much prefer fellow Phil’s blogging ecosystem, since starting from scripting.com and weblogs.com has led it into parts of the web where I know and am known.
Ask Bjørn Hansen’s Organica, with a list of 9686 weblogs at the moment, and a crawler visiting around 800 sites per hour, has the potential to be really interesting, but at the moment it appears to be in need of some industrial strength url munging, to combine things like http://philringnalda.com (a weblog with zero inbound links), http://philringnalda.com/ (a non-weblog with nine inbound links), http://www.philringnalda.com/ (a non-weblog with twenty inbound links) and http://www.philringnalda.com/?lastUpdate(d)=n (ten non-weblogs with one or two inbound links each). Not an easy task, as I can attest from trying to figure out how to collapse multiple urls in my referrals script: www.foo and foo may or may not be the same thing, a query string might refer to a post, or a separate blog, or just be there to color someone’s visited link.
BlogStreet combines a top blogs list with a nice neighbo(u)rhood explorer that seems to do a better job of identifying a neighborhood than many I’ve seen. Most of the things in my neighborhood that I don’t read I agree that I should read, but for one reason or another I don’t want to. However, their list of blogs could use a bit of pruning: while I agree that the SoundWaves (blue) : Manila™ Theme is a pretty Manila™ theme, I wouldn’t call it the number 46 weblog in existence.
So, what are these, and what are they good for? Well, truth be told, I’m not quite sure. The two ecosystems are basically popularity contests, and sort of the inverse of Blogdex and Daypop: rather than looking at the newest links in posts, they are looking at the more permanent links in blogrolls. Organica seems to be more of an alternative to Blogdex’s all-time list, but with the option to only look at links to (things it thinks of as) weblogs, bringing it into the ecosystem/popularity sphere. BlogStreet is a neighborhood explorer, pointing out things that are also liked by the people who like a particular blog, but with the top 500 list that brought me around to including it with the others.