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May 9, 2007

"Other Relative Unknowns"

The Huffington Post launched two years ago today. It has the fifth largest audience of any blog in the United States.* I know this, or think I do, because it is so reported at the pertinent Wikipedia entry, which then goes on to say:

In addition to regular (often daily) columns by Huffington and a core group of contributors (such as Harry Shearer and John Conyers) , the HuffPost has featured notable celebrity contributors from politics, journalism, business, and entertainment (Norman Mailer, John Cusack, and Bill Maher, to name a few), as well as other relative unknowns.

Turns out I am now among the "other relative unknowns." Or will be, anyway, once we track down a photograph (for the contributor's note) in which I do not wear a pained expression. This could take a while.

* Plugging the Post's URL into Alexa, I see that it ranks within the top 500 American websites for traffic. That does not contradict the statement about it being the fifth ranked blog, of course, since the categories are slightly different. Others in the top 500 would be the sites of The New York Times, CNN, and some of the more prominent companies selling either lingerie or the sort of video in which it is removed.

Posted by smclemee at May 9, 2007 2:00 PM


Congrats? I never read it, so I'm not quite sure where you fit in...but give Cusack my regards. I wonder what HuffPo Headquarters looks like? Which mountain did they carve it deep into again?

Posted by: Scott Eric Kaufman at May 9, 2007 5:36 PM

Thanks. It's all new to me, and mysterious. This is the first I've heard about the secret mountain fortress for example. At some point I get a passkey, presumably.

Posted by: Scott McLemee at May 9, 2007 5:42 PM

I think they get their #5 thing from their Technorati ranking. Perhaps I'll call off the WAAGNFNP's war on Technorati now that you're so popular!

Posted by: The Constructivist at May 9, 2007 10:04 PM