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Welcome to the C list

I had never head of Blogebrity, a blog devoted to the “celebrity” culture of blogs. That sounds waaaay too navel-gazing and meta for words, but since the whole project seems pretty tongue-in-cheek, I’m assuming the creators are doing it with a wink and a nod. The thing is, using some metric — I’m not sure which — they’ve created an “A List” of the most important bloggers, such as Andrew Sullivan, Clay Shirky and Ana Marie Cox. It’s sort of interesting reading the list, since it’s a combination of people who are famous for blogging, and people who were already famous and then decided to blog — which shows that the old media ain’t dead yet.

The Blogebrity folks also created “B” and “C” lists of less and less famous bloggers, and the whole reason I heard about the site is that this morning a friend discovered that I myself appear on the “C” list.

Does this mean I get to hang out with Tara Reid and shit?

UPDATE: I’ve just been informed that Blogebrity is not actually a real site, but a concoction designed to win the Contagious Media award. In which case I actually think it’s clever as hell!

(Thanks to Maura for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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