Remembering The Truth Laid Bear - Page 2
• It gave a quick snapshot of The Powers That Be - While I’m sure a few major players were missing, keeping an eye on TTLB allowed you to quickly know who really mattered in the blogosphere each day. Daily Kos, Instapundit, Gawker, and Boing Boing were then as now megapowers.
• It provided an early read on trends - Checking out TTLB over time revealed some interesting trends, including the rise of gossip blogs and the voracious appetite for gossipy content (which continues today of course) and the explosion of blog networks such as b5media and SB Nation.
What’s up with TTLB today? That’s a good question. I vaguely recall that it went through regular service outages some years ago, and at some point dropped out of my daily rotation. A bit of research doesn’t reveal much, though a few people seem to concur that TTLB is sadly “dead” or at least has been cast adrift for a good long while. (The current rankings don't seem to make a lot of sense and site blog hasn't been updated in nearly two years.)
The march to provide quality blog rankings goes on, of course. Today, Alexa and Compete and others are striving to provide the best and most comprehensive Internet-wide rankings and stats, while Technorati is a major player in the blog ranking space.