Characterizing the Portuguese Blogosphere

20 Maio 2009
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T. Couto, C. Ribeiro and S. Nunes
International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM’09), May 17 – 20, 2009, California, USA

Over the years, blogs have become a popular and influent part of the web, having many distinctive features — they are usu- ally thematic and organized by communities, and their con- tents have a chronological order. In this paper, we present a characterization of the portuguese blogosphere based on a large set of portuguese blogs collected from multiple sources across a 5-year period. The extent of our collection allows us to draw some conclusions on the evolution of the blogging ac- tivity over the years. We survey and apply methods that have been used for web and blog characterization and, using sam- ples of blogs obtained from other sources, we try to estimate the extent to which this collection can be representative of the portuguese blogosphere. The paper presents multiple statis- tics that allow us to characterize the portuguese blogosphere and compare it to results obtained with other studies.

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