Tracking the All Your Base Meme with Usenet

Tracking the All Your Base Meme with Usenet

It turns out that Google’s Usenet archive is pretty useful for tracking the lifecycles of Internet fads.

August 25, 2004: At Nelson’s request, the data has been updated to July 2004.


2000:

Aug: 0

Sep: 1

Oct: 0

Nov: 8

Dec: 26

2001:

Jan: 267

Feb: 3160

Mar: 7070

Apr: 3880

May: 2950

Jun: 2210

July: 1870

Aug: 1520

Sep: 1360

Oct: 1460

Nov: 1040

Dec: 1010

2002:

Jan: 964

Feb: 743

Mar: 990

Apr: 845

May: 599

Jun: 389

July: 585

Aug: 452

Sep: 422

Oct: 352

Nov: 270

Dec: 293

2003:

Jan: 249

Feb: 553

Mar: 367

Apr: 417

May: 165

Jun: 1390

July: 654

Aug: 706

Sep: 358

Oct: 221

Nov: 187

Dec: 169

2004:

Jan: 188

Feb: 223

Mar: 430

Apr: 298

May: 136

Jun: 110

July: 271

4 thoughts on “Tracking the All Your Base Meme with Usenet

  1. I was going to say that you could probably do something similar with daypop, although usenet is probably a slightly wider sample of net users as a whole. really, if you combined google groups, daypop, and were able to mine through hotmail, aol, and yahoo email traffic, you could probably track trends like this pretty exactly.

  2. The problem with Daypop is that it’s not currently possible to track trends through time, since they don’t list the date that a site was first mentioned on a weblog; only the date that the site was last cached.

    Blogdex doesn’t have that problem, though.

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