1043: “Ablogalypse”

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1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Qaanol » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:03 am UTC

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http://xkcd.com/1043/

Title: Plus the reaction in the Tumblverse is always 'repeatedly get hit by a dog and fall down the stairs'.

You know, because clearly real life is merely an imperfect reflection of Google search trends.
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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby asdfzxc » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:06 am UTC

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby rhomboidal » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:08 am UTC

I believe the ancient Mesoamerican culture of the "Mayanalytics" prophesied this very event hundreds of years ago.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby cssgeek » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:09 am UTC

I did the same google trends and found that if you limit the results to US searches only, they have already crossed!
http://www.google.com/trends/?q=blog,+tumblr&ctab=0&geo=us&geor=all&date=all&sort=0

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby glasnt » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:15 am UTC

Needs more tumblrbeasts.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby noodle » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:16 am UTC

Im confused.

I've never googled "blog" or "tumblr".

Am I weird?

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Airbard » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:20 am UTC

He does know that by posting this he has accelerated the process.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby madock345 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:20 am UTC

Unfortunately, Randall has just corrupted his own data by making a comic about it.

The Google trends for anything he makes a comic about go crazy as soon as he makes the comic, so these results are probably no longer accurate.

EDIT: Ninja'd, damn
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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby dragondave » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:25 am UTC

What intrigues me is the 2007 news reference volume for 'blog':

Suddenly, at the start of 2007, the volume drops by about 60%; it remains at a roughly flat level before suddenly picking up at the end of the year back to where it left off...

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... why?

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby squareroot » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:34 am UTC

The alt-text... "falling down stairs". Is this a Homestuck reference? Someone please tell me this is a Homestuck reference. Please.
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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Tulicloure » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:37 am UTC

madock345 wrote:Unfortunately, Randall has just corrupted his own data by making a comic about it.

The Google trends for anything he makes a comic about go crazy as soon as he makes the comic, so these results are probably no longer accurate.

EDIT: Ninja'd, damn


Now, everyone here should save the world by searching 'blog'.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Goggalor » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:41 am UTC

Or we could bring about the end times by searching 'tumblr'.
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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Ameseree » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:43 am UTC

And that will be the day that tumblr eats the blogs and becomes the dominate blag in the blagosphere

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby JetstreamGW » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:48 am UTC

madock345 wrote:Unfortunately, Randall has just corrupted his own data by making a comic about it.

The Google trends for anything he makes a comic about go crazy as soon as he makes the comic, so these results are probably no longer accurate.

EDIT: Ninja'd, damn


No, no, those results are accurate. His prediction isn't, but just because the numbers are gonna spike as of this moment doesn't mean his PREVIOUS graph is incorrect. The past data doesn't change :D

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby netsplit » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:50 am UTC

I think Randal knows the true danger!

Behold!
https://www.google.com/search?q=died+in+a+blogging+accident = About 390,000 results (0.14 seconds)
vs
https://www.google.com/search?q=died+in+a+tumbling+accident = About 14,900,000 results (0.24 seconds)

Clearly tumblr is going to kill us all if it continues to grow.
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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Felix Tamen » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:58 am UTC

Unless these results are normalized for porn, I'm dubious.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby DCB » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:00 am UTC

netsplit wrote:I think Randal knows the true danger!

Behold!
https://www.google.com/search?q=died+in+a+blogging+accident = About 390,000 results (0.14 seconds)
vs
https://www.google.com/search?q=died+in+a+tumbling+accident = About 14,900,000 results (0.24 seconds)

Clearly tumblr is going to kill us all if it continues to grow.



Blogging isn't entirely safe either. http://xkcd.com/369/

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby whateveries » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:08 am UTC

Felix Tamen wrote:Unless these results are normalized for porn, I'm dubious.


is there porn on the internet? where? why hasn't someone mentioned this before?

and whats a tumblr? and blog? isn't that just a made up swear word from judge dredd comics? damn you kids and your skinny pants and effeminate hair-do's I'm going back to the nineties and i'm taking all my morose with me.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby muntoo » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:09 am UTC

Maddox is behind all this.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby scharb » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:11 am UTC

Last time I checked, TPM, DailyKos, RedState, HuffPo, Little Green Footballs, Matt Yglesias, Andrew Sullivan, Crooks & Liars, the Daily Brief, Wonkette, and AMERICAblog still aren't tumblrs.

When they say Blogosphere, they still mean Blogosphere. That's who they're talking about.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby jaysundahl » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:23 am UTC

Not to be a buzz kill, but we are already post ablogalypse. Trends for twitter broke through in 2010 and facebook makes everything else look insignificant since 2007.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby willpellmn » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:56 am UTC

Poor Livejournal.

Poor, poor, poor Livejournal Livejournal.

In other news: Livejournal.

(Hope that helps.)

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Quicksilver » Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:08 am UTC

It will be the end of the World Wide Webiverse as we know it.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Djehutynakht » Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:10 am UTC

So the Mayans were two and a fraction of a month off.


Personally, I can't stand anything that mentions Tumblr, purely because it's missing the "e" in there, and it's been driving me freaking insane.

I wonder if I can find data in the future proving a correlation between the rise in popularity of Tumblr and the frequency of that word being spelled incorrectly.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Willl » Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:47 am UTC

scharb wrote:Last time I checked, TPM, DailyKos, RedState, HuffPo, Little Green Footballs, Matt Yglesias, Andrew Sullivan, Crooks & Liars, the Daily Brief, Wonkette, and AMERICAblog still aren't tumblrs.

When they say Blogosphere, they still mean Blogosphere. That's who they're talking about.

I've scarcely heard of most of the other names, but the Huffington Post is not a blog.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Scars Unseen » Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:13 am UTC

glasnt wrote:Needs more tumblrbeasts.

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Read as "tumblbreasts." Still laughed.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby StClair » Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:55 am UTC

Bah, tumblr.
There's no thought in it, just people forwarding pictures they liked and occasionally adding a "lol".
Unfortunately, it seems this is exactly as much thinking as most people care to do.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby da Doctah » Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:56 am UTC

As posted, this doesn't account for the as-yet unnamed social network buzzword that will emerge some time in the next six months and eclipse all the others.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby madjo » Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:05 am UTC

squareroot wrote:The alt-text... "falling down stairs". Is this a Homestuck reference? Someone please tell me this is a Homestuck reference. Please.

That is a Homestuck reference.

Now could someone fill me in what Homestuck is?
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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Quicksilver » Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:11 am UTC

madjo wrote:
squareroot wrote:The alt-text... "falling down stairs". Is this a Homestuck reference? Someone please tell me this is a Homestuck reference. Please.

That is a Homestuck reference.

Now could someone fill me in what Homestuck is?
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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby jozwa » Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:13 am UTC

I call false dichotomy.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby LittleMikey » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:19 am UTC

Awesome, the intersection is only three days before my Birthday.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby JimsMaher » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:57 am UTC

dragondave wrote:What intrigues me is the 2007 news reference volume for 'blog':

Suddenly, at the start of 2007, the volume drops by about 60%; it remains at a roughly flat level before suddenly picking up at the end of the year back to where it left off...

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... why?

That it coincides with the analyzer's metric (ignoring otherwise calling them "years") is a strong biasing indicator. It could've been a policy change for how they (google?) categorized "news" results in 2007, i.e. perhaps they stopped counting blogs as news ... since most blogs say blog on their blog someblog.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby AvatarIII » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:05 am UTC

October 12th 2012 will be a Friday, I will be disappointed if the comic for that day isn't entitled "Ablogalypse NOW!"

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby BlitzGirl » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:12 am UTC

Alt text: ...I still can't believe we got them to say "blogosphere."

It really isn't that hard to make yabbering TV heads say anything. I challenge whoever comes up with the next social media craze to find a stupider verb than "tweeting" so we can watch anchors attempt to make it just as newsworthy.
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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Shidoshi » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:49 am UTC

StClair wrote:Bah, tumblr.
There's no thought in it, just people forwarding pictures they liked and occasionally adding a "lol".
Unfortunately, it seems this is exactly as much thinking as most people care to do.

I think you should see some of the impersonation MLP tumblrs. It's the only part of the tumblrverse I know and there's some pretty awesome things there.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby ShadedKnight » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:55 am UTC

madjo wrote:
squareroot wrote:The alt-text... "falling down stairs". Is this a Homestuck reference? Someone please tell me this is a Homestuck reference. Please.

That is a Homestuck reference.

Now could someone fill me in what Homestuck is?


I hope it is a reference to Homestuck, but I'm not sure.
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The only thing I really use tumblr for is to look at Notch's thoughts and to see more Homestuck fan-art.

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Mirkwood » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:09 pm UTC

Google search results are not good indicators when it involves web popularity compared to a normal word. "Special" (i.e., average) people search for a site on Google when they want to access it, instead of using the URL---that doesn't mean that Tumblr is used more in language than the word "blog"; people simply have more reason to search for "Tumblr".

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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby Maxintech » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:41 pm UTC

noodle wrote:Im confused.

I've never googled "blog" or "tumblr".

Am I weird?


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Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Postby DarCK » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:14 pm UTC

I'd like to request a stick figure perpetually following down an escalator to commemorate tumbler-day (the day tumbler supplants blog).


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