*third if you count anti-scientific websites like WattsUpWithThat, as Wikio does.

But should I put their little widget near the top of CP as Watts does?  It would, of course, say ‘3′ on it (for now).

I had not heard of these Wikio rankings, but I periodically check WattsUpWithThat for the latest in denier talking points — yes, it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it, and it shouldn’t have to be you!  What do I see but yet another website recognizing WattsUp as a science blog, when it is the exact opposite, as evidenced by his reprinting and endorsing a broad-based attack on the integrity of the entire scientific community and by his generally pushing disinformation [see “Diagnosing a victim of anti-science syndrome (ASS)” and links below].

Still, notwithstanding Wikio’s refusal to draw a distinction between science and antiscience, the ranking is a relatively objective, as described here:

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The position of a blog in the Wikio ranking depends on the number and weight of the incoming links from other blogs. These links are dynamic, which means that they are backlinks or links found within articles.

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Only links found in the RSS feed are included. Blogrolls are not taken into account, and the weight of any given link increases according to how recently it was published. We thus hope to provide a classification that is more representative of the current influence levels of the blogs therein.

Moreover, the weight of a link depends on the linking blog’s position in the Wikio ranking. With our algorithm, the weight of a link from a blog that is more highly ranked is greater than that of a link from a blog that is less well ranked.

Our rankings are updated on a monthly basis and also include Top Blogs for several categories: Technology, Politics, etc. New categories will be added on a regular basis.

The rankings seem a tad strange.  Not sure how I do so much better than Grist, since I’m sure they get two or three times as many readers each day.  RealClimate would do a LOT better if they posted MORE — hint, hint, RC folks!

Anyway, I am interested in your thoughts as to whether this is worth sticking on CP’s front page near the top.  One thing is certain — it doesn’t take up much space.

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