December 31st, 2012

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Interesting Links for 31-12-2012

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My top ten links of 2012

Bit.ly handily makes it possible to sort my saved links by number of clicks*, slow and buggy though this functionality is.

So here are the top ten links of 2012:

10) The discussion, on Wikipedia, about Philip Roth asking for a correction to the article on The Human Stain.. It's the section "The book's author requests this article be corrected", and is worth reading for insight into how Wikipedia works. (2,131 hits, September 8th)

9) The detroit prosector who has been forcing the police to sort through 11,000 untested rape kits. (2,839 hits, August 29th)

8) A stunning image shows boy watching solar eclipse... taken from 1.5 miles away (2,984 hits, July 14th)

7) A terrifying way to discipline children (4,712 hits, September 9th) - now with editors note appended.

6) On modern technology being amazing (4,760 hits, December 9th)

5) Donald Trump and Alan Sugar have a fight on Twitter (7,809 hits, December 6th)

4) Something that Google put up on April 1st, and no longer exists. I think it was Google's "Really Advanced" search, which you can read more about here, along with all of the other April Fools that Google had this year. (9,596 hits, April 1st)

3) Why there are almost no pictures of Neil Armstrong on the moon (14,189 hits, August 26th)

2) What Facebook gives the police if they get a subpoena. (15,548 hits, December 27th)

1) OH MY GOD. I JUST WITNESSED THE SINGLE GREATEST MOMENT IN HUMAN HISTORY. (88,844 hits, July 30th)

A brief glance at which will tell you that I got clicked on more in the second half of the year than the first, which I entirely blame on retweets by [twitter.com profile] glinner, whose retweets are almost entirely responsible for all of those hits.

*These clicks are _only_ for Twitter - I only shorten links on Twitter because you used to have to, and my attempts to turn that functionality off ended up breaking things.



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The long, slow, death of Livejournal continues

I blame myself, of course. Here are my visitor counts from 2011 and 2012, taken from the statistics page

Month

2011

2012

Drop

Jan

731

684

6%

February

715

612

14%

March

815

558

32%

April

788

541

31%

May

862

537

38%

June

759

665

12%

July

810

743

8%

August

830

610

27%

September

883

527

40%

October

725

584

19%

November

661

309

53%

December

637

305

52%





Meanwhile, a quick look at my Google Analytics tells me that compared to last December, this December is 13% down in visits (5,100 versus 5,700) and 33% down in pageviews (10,100 vs 13,400).

You'll note that I'm not offering any solutions here. I do remember a time when more people were posting about what they were reading, playing, watching, and generally doing, but I assume that the pall wore off for most people, or they moved to somewhere where people had real names, and they could talk to their family about it without being embarassed at having a username of "EvilCow666"*. Either that, or you're all sharing pictures of cats over on Tumblr.

*Which is in use at various points on the internet, but not on LJ, so I feel relatively safe using it as an example.
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