More entropy in the blogosphere
Is the blogosphere dying?
More and more things seem not to be working.
Every time I go into Amatomu I get the message
Oops, you hit a database error. It’s either something we did, or something you did. Yeah, it’s probably your fault.
It used to happen once a week or so, but now it happens every time.
And more recently the BlogCatalog “recent visitors” widget seems to be broken, at least on WordPress blogs.
I used to use Amatomu to keep track of the South African blogosphere, and see what interesting stuff was being posted. It also used to have quite interesting statistics, though a few months ago the statistics became completely erratic, with very improbable ratios of users to page views, and pages that used to get lots of views suddenly getting none at all. Either they were wrong before or they are wrong now, and I suspect they are wrong now because of the other erratic behaviour.
BlogCatalog used to be a useful way of finding and keeping track of blogs with similar topics, and every morning I used to see who had visited my blog overnight, and go to have a look at their blog — based on the theory that if people find my blog interesting, I might find theirs interesting. But it hasn’t been possible to do that for nearly a week now, and I’ve seen no announcements of plans to fix the bug, or that someone is working in it, which is perhaps a sign that BlogCatalog is running on autopilot, and that eventually more and more things will go wrong without any attempt to fix them until it crashes.