Because we’re gearing up to release our iotum Blackberry applet, I’ve been interested in knowing who the influential Blackberry bloggers are out there. Some I knew already, but others were folks I hadn’t been aware of. Anyway, I’ve recently discovered the Text-Link-Ads Juice Calculator, again. It’s a great way to figure out who’s participating in the conversation that is the blogosphere… who’s linking who, who has the traffic, and so on.
The Juice calculator assigns a score from zero to ten, based on a weighted combination of Bloglines subscribers, Alexa rank, Technorati rank, and links in (via Technorati).
After finding out the information I wanted to know about the Blackberry blogging world, I next applied it to the VoIP blogging world.
There are some very surprising results. Russell Shaw’s blog, for instance, tied in first place with Om Malik’s Gigaom. I had no idea my friend Russell was so influential! Tom Keating — more influential than either his boss Rich Tehrani, or Internet Telephony Editor in Chief Greg Galitzine (ask for a raise Tom!). Less than a year old, the O’Reilly Network’s Etel is neck-in-neck with Andy Abramson, and both are coming on strong just behind the father of the modern day VoIP industry — Jeff Pulver. Mark Evans, at one point Canada’s most influential VoIP blogger, shut his blogspot blog down, and is now rebuilding at Evans Tech. The impact? He’s moved from position 11 to 42. Within 12 months I am sure he’ll be back at the top. And of course, one or two of the blogs (like Gary Kim’s) broke the calculator because of URL format.
Without further ado, and in the spirit of Garrett Smith’s original rankings, and Luca Fillighedu’s reprise, I give you the most complete ranking of VoIP bloggers yet. Please accept my humble apologies for not providing titles for each of the blogs. I ran out of time… but this way you’ll be encouraged to click on the ones you don’t recognize and visit them.