Still the most influential website based on links
Other than YouTube, which has continued to surge ahead largely due to the immense interest in its ever growing pool of user-generated videos, it is interesting to note that mainstream media related websites are still the most influential in the list. While American websites have dominated the list, several British content providers like the Guardian, Telegraph and BBC News have received attention. Many of the media firms are also concentrated on a few cities (or megacities) in the United States like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, and Houston.
This shows several things about social media influence:
1) The lure of sight, sound and motion (sisomo according to Kevin Roberts) is still influential, whether online or offline.
2) Mainstream media players still wield incredible influence on social media debates and discussions.
3) Majority of the news which get disseminated online are highly concentrated on mainly American and some British cities.
I wonder how the rankings of Asian news providers are like online in terms of links and influence? I am sure that many of those aren't captured by Technorati somehow though.
Here's the full list of the top 50 websites and blogs by links:
Overall Rankings and Attention