Map of the political blogosphere 2008

posted at 7:55 pm on June 23, 2008 by Allahpundit

Swiped from Karl to liven up a slow news night, a lovely rendering of the 297 most influential political websites. The size of the individual circles, I believe, corresponds to the total number of links flowing in and out; the position of each individual circle on the map corresponds to … god knows what. It can’t be a measure of where each site is situated on the ideological spectrum vis-a-vis another since this has us considerably further right than The Corner, Human Events, and Red State, and, er, I’m pretty sure we’re not. Also curious: Sites are divided into “conservative” and “conservative infopit,” with no apparent rhyme or reason as to why. I’m gratified that we’re in the latter category since I’ve always conceived of HA as first and foremost a news aggregator and only secondarily a partisan blog, but somehow Instapundit ended up in the former category (along with MM). How’d that happen? For what it’s worth, “conservative infopits” are the rarest of the six different types categorized on the map, although “liberal infopits” are only slightly more common. I’m not sure if that’s gratifying, as a mark of distinction, or … worrisome.

As you poke around, keep an eye out for the LA Times. They’re not in the category you’d expect, but that’s not to suggest they’re in the wrong category. Click the image to proceed.

Update: Ah, here’s the map key explaining positioning. Looks like it’s a matter of where your inbound links come from; hence the centrist position of pure infopits, i.e. newspapers, which get links from both the left and the right. Based on this data, HA’s links come from more partisan sources than Red State’s do, a surprising find.

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Actually, it’s explained under the map keys.

Karl on June 23, 2008 at 7:58 PM

I thought the categorization of Sully’s blog was also spot-on, notwithstanding Sully’s pretensions of conservatism.

Centerfire on June 23, 2008 at 8:00 PM

That is, it also has to do with linking policy and denisty of a community cluster.

Karl on June 23, 2008 at 8:00 PM

It boggles my mind.

Bob's Kid on June 23, 2008 at 8:02 PM

Cool. But why does “Captainsquatersblog.com” show up? All Ed base are belong to HotAir now!

gmoonster on June 23, 2008 at 8:03 PM

Sorry, I don’t get it.

1GooDDaDDy on June 23, 2008 at 8:03 PM

So, none of the blue dots link to other blue dots, or news sources? It’s only the red dots who link to other sites?

The blue dots really do live in their own universe, unconnected to reality?

rockhauler on June 23, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Well if you look at the fisheye “Look” HotAir is to the right, the last big pink dot right before it goes out of the circle. About the 3 o’clock range.

upinak on June 23, 2008 at 8:08 PM

To expand a bit, I think the links in your sidebar are influencing your position.

Karl on June 23, 2008 at 8:09 PM

All Ed base are belong to HotAir now!

Hahahahahha

Squid Shark on June 23, 2008 at 8:15 PM

I was told there would be no math.

cthulhu on June 23, 2008 at 8:16 PM

I fully expected us to be on the outer fringes of this crab nebula.

Rhinoboy on June 23, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Notice that MikeHuckabee.com is an inch or two (depending on your screen size) into the Blue side…

ErikTheRed on June 23, 2008 at 8:22 PM

Here’s a newsflash: Lew Rockwell is NOT a conservative website. Its a racist one.

Andy in Agoura Hills on June 23, 2008 at 8:25 PM

This is very cool.

DaveS on June 23, 2008 at 8:29 PM

I fully expected us to be on the outer fringes of this crab nebula.

I fully expected Protein Wisdom to be on the outer fringes of the Mutara nebula.

Karl on June 23, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Sigh, this further blogosphere paradigm of partisan punditude. Can’t we throw off the shackles of turning everything into a red v. blue issue. Obviously not.

Of course, I thought it was funny that joinrudy2008.com was off on his own up top. haha, what a loser.

LT Nixon on June 23, 2008 at 8:37 PM

also, PW (and HA?) commenter dicentra posts this handy guide:

Your position along the X-axis say more about where you link to (and who links to you) than where you ARE, opinion-wise speaking…

Red circles and lines = Inbound links
Yellow circles and lines = Outbound links
Green circles and lines = Mutual links

Karl on June 23, 2008 at 8:37 PM

I fully expected to see Beteigeuze……..

Seven Percent Solution on June 23, 2008 at 8:41 PM

It’s fitting that HA is in the center of the conservative universe :-)

steveegg on June 23, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Sorry, I don’t get it. – 1GooDDaDDy

Me neither. But don’t feel bad, neither does A.P.:

the position of each individual circle on the map corresponds to … god knows what.

Tony737 on June 23, 2008 at 8:55 PM

The size of the individual circles, I believe, corresponds to the total number of links flowing in and out…it’s a matter of where your inbound links come from;

Yeah, yeah, yeah. But where does HA rank in awesomeness? Until someone factors in humping robots, torturously melted chocolate bunnies, obscure 80′s references, and a variety of subject matter that can be summarized by the monosyllabic vulgar expression “dude”- until then, I will pay no heed! It’s not just the information; HotAir gets major style points.

Weight of Glory on June 23, 2008 at 8:55 PM

this has us considerably further right than The Corner, Human Events, and Red State, and, er, I’m pretty sure we’re not.

Don’t sell yourselves short. I think you guys are notably more conservative than they are.

flenser on June 23, 2008 at 8:57 PM

Lew Rockwell is NOT a conservative website. Its a racist one.

You’re half right. It’s a sort of paleo-libertarian/socialist fusion.

Which is a bit like Thai/Irish food.

flenser on June 23, 2008 at 8:59 PM

Where is LGF, Instapundit and the PajamasMedia?

Ragnell on June 23, 2008 at 9:18 PM

… HA as first and foremost a news aggregator and only secondarily a partisan blog

That’s why HA is my ‘Cheers’.

petefrt on June 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM

I don’t see Hot Air, Michelle Malkin or Ace of Spades either.

Ragnell on June 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM

petefrt on June 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM

I meant to add the third attraction: The high quality of commentary and analysis by AP, Ed, and Michelle.

Thanks, guys!

petefrt on June 23, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Ok, I see that you found HA, but it’s not turning up when I search for it. I still don’t see Instapundit either.

Ragnell on June 23, 2008 at 9:38 PM

cthulhu on June 23, 2008 at 8:16 PM

HA! Good one.

Can I borrow your notes?

Rhinoboy on June 23, 2008 at 9:40 PM

I don’t see Hot Air, Michelle Malkin or Ace of Spades either.

Ragnell on June 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM

All three are there have to go to site to see them

William Amos on June 23, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Awww man.. I thought that we were “covert”.. kinda takes the fun out of things now that our cover is blown.. :{

hehehe..

Need to find a way to stealth yourself on the grid.. >:D

Chakra Hammer on June 23, 2008 at 10:16 PM

Matrix.

Chakra Hammer on June 23, 2008 at 10:18 PM

Looks like a skin infection I once had in Panama.

Limerick on June 23, 2008 at 10:22 PM

Didn’t find Ace of Spades either. I thought they were a heavy hitter.
Guess I thought wrong

Just A Grunt on June 23, 2008 at 10:32 PM

That’s why HA is my ‘Cheers’.

petefrt on June 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Precisely the way I feel! A bad day at work is much better when I can sit down and check out HA or MM that evening!

Vntnrse on June 23, 2008 at 10:51 PM

I don’t see Hot Air, Michelle Malkin or Ace of Spades either.
Ragnell on June 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Just mouse around in the center of the red cluster. MM is about in the center, bright red, and HA is a little to the right in the pink.

wise_man on June 23, 2008 at 11:06 PM

It’s a really cool map! Go Hot Air!!

Donald Douglas on June 23, 2008 at 11:15 PM

Is usmc.mil a “rightwing blog” now?

baldilocks on June 23, 2008 at 11:30 PM

Not suprised HA is to the right of Red State at all. Red State is way too far left for my taste.

Jose Chupacabra on June 24, 2008 at 12:47 AM

Karl/AP:

I have to wonder what data these guys were using.

In checking out some of the link-ups, I was surprised to find that they were listing Glen Greenwald at his old blog site — where he hasn’t been posting for nearly a year and a half now! Other reciprocal links for the blog I was investigating didn’t include some of what seem to me to be pretty regular crossovers.

The site was slow for me, so I didn’t get around to looking for a more detailed methodology page, but I’m suspecting that June 2008 is not the date of the political blogosphere we’re looking at, but just the date they finally got the thing up and running.

JM Hanes on June 24, 2008 at 2:49 AM

Waaaaha! My Blog not there???? WT????

Kini on June 24, 2008 at 4:32 AM

Interesting is the stories written on both sides.

62.2% are of the top 3 Democrats
37.8% are of the top 3 Republicans.

That is for the last 14 days

WoosterOh on June 24, 2008 at 7:58 AM

Is usmc.mil a “rightwing blog” now?

baldilocks on June 23, 2008 at 11:30 PM

So, being Conservative means you are “Right Winged”?

They are linked by Conservatives, not by Liberals, I guess that “shocks” you, doesn’t surprise me at all.

WoosterOh on June 24, 2008 at 8:04 AM

All Ed base are belong to HotAir now!

gmoonster on June 23, 2008 at 8:03 PM

LOL, good 1

MechEng5by5 on June 24, 2008 at 9:26 AM

They are linked by Conservatives, not by Liberals, I guess that “shocks” you, doesn’t surprise me at all.

WoosterOh on June 24, 2008 at 8:04 AM

Kiss, kiss!

baldilocks on June 24, 2008 at 11:40 AM

HA is definitely more conservative than Red State or The Corner. Red State seems to me to be the closest to a GOP blog, and I would say that most of the opinion here is to the right of the current GOP. The Corner dilutes any of the politics by talking mostly about dogs and movies.

Clark1 on June 24, 2008 at 11:40 AM

WoosterOh on June 24, 2008 at 8:04 AM

BTW, thanks for sort of explaining how it works. Now run along and take your meds.

baldilocks on June 24, 2008 at 11:42 AM