Thursday, March 16, 2006

Blogpulse: Completely Awesome

Blogpulse is my new favorite thing in the world.

It’s a trend tracking website that shows how often and when things are mentioned in blogs, as well as indexing all mentions of an item on blogs and the crosslinking paths of a story. It is incredibly useful if you are interested in trying to quantify hype, buzz, and other social internet phenomena.

It’s better than Facebook’s pulse feature. It seems to be even better than the Slut-o-Meter and Google barometer. It may the most effective method for me to procrastinate and call it “trend spotting and pop culture analysis” ever designed.

“What can I do with this?” you ask. Allow me to demonstrate.

You can watch the rise and fall of internet phenomena. Observe the rise of the Cult of Chuck Norris and related facts.

You can observe the times when items are talked about. Enter “Jack Bauer” and you will see the chart spike every seven days or so. If you want to see when two items are involved together, you can chart them together and look at the part where the lines match. This chart, for example, illustrates when UNC beats Duke.

Have I mentioned that when you click on the lines on points on the chart it takes you to a listing of all the citations used to aggregate the score at that point? So if there is an unaccountable peak, a little digging will explain it all. Turns out the strange peaks in the Dostoeyevsky graph are due to a blog meme about books that you have read that became popular at this time. Who knew?

Anyway, I’ll let you know if I find or notice anything interesting.


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