Thursday, December 14, 2006
Gartner: Blogging to Peak in 2007
BOSTON - Could blogging be near the peak of its popularity? The technology gurus at Gartner Inc. believe so. One of the research company's top 10 predictions for 2007 is that the number of bloggers will level off in the first half of next year at roughly 100 million worldwide.
The reason: Most people who would ever dabble with Web journals already have. Those who love it are committed to keeping it up, while others have gotten bored and moved on, said Daryl Plummer, chief Gartner fellow.
"A lot of people have been in and out of this thing," Plummer said. "Everyone thinks they have something to say, until they're put on stage and asked to say it."
That's no knock on blogging. Plummer noted that this leveling-off dynamic plays out all the time, though it often comes as a bit of a surprise when it hits things that had achieved quick popularity.
You mean this is all going to end? How will the world survive without Mega-Bitch Wednesday or Sue Foley Photo Friday? I guess we'll all find out as blogging falls out of favor in 2007, and I, as always do the popular thing and shut this bad boy down for good......