Last friday Google Operating System published a hack to find the number of Google subscribers for any feed and triggered both a list making frenzy amongst most blogs in Techmeme’s Leaderboard but also a lot of criticism and reflexion on the significance of these figures (e.g. Mashable’s almost scientific bullshit proof.)

We couldn’t resist, so here is a list of the 50 most Google-subscribed technology blogs from Germany:

  1. Google Blogoscoped (53220)
  2. Smashingmagazine (8753)
  3. MoMB (1406)
  4. Basicthinking (1132)
  5. Web2null (893)
  6. Schockwellenreiter (889)
  7. Vowe (737)
  8. Indiskretion Ehrensache (616)
  9. Pixelgraphix (593)
  10. Dr. Web Weblog (581)
  11. Netzpolitik (517)
  12. Werbeblogger (491)
  13. Agenturblog (439)
  14. Lumma (431)
  15. Fischmarkt (404)
  16. Best Practice Business Blog (402)
  17. Deutsche Startups (371)
  18. Exciting Commerce (341)
  19. Elektrischer Reporter (322)
  20. Praegnanz (309)
  21. Google Watchblog (272)
  22. Perun (263)
  23. Gruenderszene (259)
  24. Medienrauschen (258)
  25. Rss blogger (203)
  26. PR Blogger (201)
  27. Connected Marketing (198)
  28. Blogbar (195)
  29. turi-2 (191)
  30. Jens Kunath (181)
  31. Frank Westphal (172)
  32. Webbusiness20 (171)
  33. off-the-record (156)
  34. e-commerce blog (128)
  35. Hebig.org (125)
  36. Webworkblogger [war http://www.webworkblogger.de/] (118)
  37. easn [war http://blog.easn.de/] (116)
  38. Nico Zorn (114)
  39. Medienlese (112)
  40. Neunetz (108)
  41. Sprechblase (107)
  42. Beissholz (107)
  43. Crueltobekind (104)
  44. Ibrahimevsan (93)
  45. live.hackr (91)
  46. zweinull [http://www.zweinull.cc/] (90)
  47. Kolja Hebenstreit (90)
  48. Gruenderraum (83)
  49. Themenblog (79)
  50. elab blog + Oliver Gassner (78)

A couple of notes:

Please leave a comment if you think a blog is missing. We scanned about 200 blogs but we definitely missed a few. Before you do please check the number of subscribers at Google Reader: http://www.google.com/reader/view/#directory-search/[name-of-the-blog]//0 (you need to be logged in with a Google account.)

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We tried to gather blogs on startups and web technology, but we also included a few popular blogs with focus on a related topics like webdesign, media, marketing, etc. as long as they address startups and webtech on a regular basis and engage in the discourse. The transition is fluid and was based on judgement calls (e.g. we didn’t include the highly popular lawblog but we would have included blogs from lawyers like kriegs-recht or say-ho!.)

It is probably fair to multiply these numbers by 4 to estimate the number of actual subscribers, but compared to popular international blogs (e.g. see Robert Scoble’s list) the German ecosystem of blogs and readers is a rather smallish village. No fat head and a long tail of actually cool blogs with only a handful of subscribers. Plenty of room to grow.

This article originally was written for blognation Germany. Since blognation is gone I have reposted it here.