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Alterego [PersonRank 2]

Monday, July 26, 2004
17 years ago

It would be interesting to run your query as thus, going back farther than you did initially as well, (I'd go to around 1,000 BC, the time of Homer)

"(year | in | during | of) [n]" AD

and

"(year | in | during | of) [n]" BC

Since you weren't returning how many results were returned, just a ratio, this should be a more accurate representation. It will weigh more fairly on older dates who are usually referenced in a historical context.

Very interesting btw!

Michael Fagan [PersonRank 3]

17 years ago #

Peaks at all the round numbers (1,100, 1,200..., 1980, 1990...)

Peak at 1024 (2^10)

Peak at 1066 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Conquest , 1812 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_1812 , 1933/1934 (Hitler's rise), 1964 and 1965 (The Beatles?), 1996 (?)

Very neat. How about a vertical axis, with bars being links to query on Google (or Vivisimo, or another clustering engine)?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

Michael, I suppose 1996 simply was when the Web took off (?). Yes I noticed the 1024 too, though I wondered what it did in there – after all I tried to catch years mostly using the words "year", "in", and so on...

Alterego, adding the word "AD" is a fantastic suggestion. I will run a new mass-query like the following:

"120 AD"
"121 AD"

Also I will take the suggestion with vertical axis and links into consideration. Let's see how this one will come out.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

The post at http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2004_07_26_index.html#109085348363924884 has been updated with a link to a second timeline:

http://blogoscoped.com/google-years/index-2.html

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