One of the things I do for this blog is take a quick whizz through the blogosphere to see what articles in the International Herald Tribune really get the bloggers tapping away.
Without doubt, in the last couple of weeks the two articles that have generated the most chatter have been Elisabeth Rosenthal's article on the UN food report and the piece on December 13 on Italy. “In a Funk, Italy Sings an Aria of Disappointment.”
Here's a flavour of the blog world on the Italian article posted by From Where I Sit in 11c http://seat11c.blogspot.com/2007/12/times-article-throws-italy-into-tizzy.html
reporting on how the article by Ian Fisher, the Rome correspondent of The New York Times, about a souring national mood in Italy and how it "hit a nerve, or did it hit a nerve? The article has been Topic A all over the country for a week now, in the papers and on TV, in political speeches and comedy routines, in taxicab chatter and church sermons, like nothing Mr. Fisher had seen before..."
One of the things www.iht.com does is measure the most popular articles by the 'most emailed' rubric on their site, but the editors of www.iht.com admit that this isn't really an accurate reflection of the most popular ones, because most people cut and paste articles into emails rather than use the function on their own site.
Wouldn't it be good if www.iht.com ran a most blogged about article in the last 24 hours list, plus give us a good link to a blog on the article concerned?
This is something I would like to do, but just don't have the time to do (nor am I paid to do, let's not be forgetting).
But it's easily enough down by searching on Google's Blog Search once every 24 hours.
Of course if www.iht.com would like to link this blog their site, and pay me for this sort of thing, I'm all ears, but somehow I don't think that's going to happen.....