Linear news

April 04, 2004

Over the course of the past week I've been monitoring the number of headlines that come through my news aggregator each day, if only to satisfy my own curiosity. While I 'felt' (over time) the linear trend that you see below, I didn't think that it would be so indubitable. It would obviously be much more accurate if I did this over the course of a month or year, but I really didn't feel like monitoring it for that long. The results (* == 25 headlines):

Monday
747 headlines ******************************
Tuesday
598 headlines ************************
Wednesday
512 headlines ********************
Thursday
457 headlines ******************
Friday
369 headlines **************
Saturday
185 headlines *******
Sunday
135 headlines *****

WEEKLY TOTAL: 3003
AVERAGE: 429

Unsurprisingly, the biggest fluctuations appear near the weekends: Friday/Saturday (-184) and Sunday/Monday (+612). The weekends are generally fairly slow, especially for blogs.

It should be noted that I'm currently subscribed to 111 feeds (76 personal blogs and 35 news sources). I'm curious (scared) to find out what these numbers will look like 10 years down the road.

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