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Web address
Slogan "The Critical Lens on Today's Culture & Entertainment"
Type of site Blog/Online magazine
Available language(s) English
Owner Critical Lens Media, Ltd.[citation needed]
Created by Eric Olsen and Phillip Winn
Launched 2002
Alexa rank negative increase 49,109 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Owned and operated by Critical Lens Media, Ltd. (Barbara Barnett & Jon Sobel)[citation needed]

Blogcritics is a blog network and online magazine of news and opinion. The site was founded in 2002 by Eric Olsen and Phillip Winn. Blogcritics features more than 100 original articles every week,[citation needed] and maintains an archive of all its published content.


The site was founded in 2002 with 50 members[citation needed] and has substantially increased that number by allowing anyone to contribute. A team of editors reviews every article prior to publication on the site.

In August 2008, the blog search engine, Technorati, acquired Blogcritics for an undisclosed amount of money. As a result, publisher Olsen and technical director Winn became full-time Technorati employees.[2] One of the first collaborative ventures of the two entities was for Blogcritics writers to begin writing descriptions of Technorati tags.[3]

In April 2009, Blogcritics underwent a complete site redesign[4] and switched content management systems.

In his official email newsletter, sent during the week of 12 Sep 2010, publisher Eric Olsen stated that he was leaving Blogcritics and Technorati:

After eight wondrous years of blood, sweat, and cheers, I (Eric Olsen) am leaving my position as publisher of Blogcritics and Technorati and heading out into the cruel world as of Sept 15. Though I am moving on, I am extremely excited about the future of Blogcritics and Technorati and strongly encourage you to continue your relationship with these outstanding organizations!

Eric Olsen, BC/Technorati Newsletter #63

As of November 22, 2011, Blogcritics has 3,997 blog writers registered.[citation needed]

In March 2014, Blogcritics was acquired by executive editors Barbara Barnett and Jon Sobel under their new company Critical Lens Media, Inc.[citation needed]

Honorable recognition[edit]

Blogcritics has won several blog awards, including a Bloggie and recognition as a Best Media Blog. In addition, the site is an accredited news source for both Google News and Yahoo! News.[5]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Technorati Acquires BlogCritics, Gets Into Content Game". TechCrunch. August 26, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  3. ^ Jennifer Van Grove (2009-02-03). "New Technorati Tag Pages: Good For Them, But What About You?". Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  4. ^ Tartakoff, Joseph (April 28, 2009). " - Technorati's Blogcritics Gets A Makeover". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Online Magazine Blogcritics Redesigns, Streamlines, Redefines What It Means to be Superior"

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