Friday, January 11, 2008

Died in a Blogging Accident

I keep a Google Trends Gadget on my iGoogle search page to check out what the world cares about. Todays Top ten had me laughing.


First off, far too many people are watching "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?" Not only that, they are cheating while playing at home. If you have to use Google then you aren't.

Second, I was intrigued by todays #6 entry. Searching on it didn't explain much until I came across this at xkcd.com.



Nicely done, not only is it funny (as always with xkcd) , it also skewed Google's trend tracker. XKCD is one of my favorites and it's worth anyones time who enjoys geek humor. If you've never seen it before, be prepared to waste the next hour or so of your life.

MrCopilot

update 8:20am: There are now 1440 results from google making it the # 1 most dangerous on the list. I'm glad my warped sense of humor is shared.

update 24 hrs later: Over 7,ooo results. I should really think about getting out of such a dangerous business.

Update 8:15pm Just for Ken.: 11,600 Results

38 comments:

n-l-d said...

+1. Copied your post to my LJ :)
I wonder how much people died in a googling accident in process.

Ken said...

google currently returns 3000 results for "died in a blogging accident". soon to be more, in part because of this current comment he he

Ken said...

o heck, how about one more:

died in a blogging accident

d8

incidentally, "died in a knitting accident has gone up quite a bit for some strange reason

Maggie said...

According to Gawker, this guy died from blogging, and the Gawker poster might be next to go. It's not exactly "died in a blogging accident" but it's pretty close...

And they posted it a few days before the XKCD strip, so maybe that was part of his inspiration?

Anonymous said...

As of right now, "died of a blogging accident" still returns exactly 1 result.

Ken said...

@anonymous:

try googling "died *in* a blogging accident"- it makes a lot of difference d8

current count is now 8080 and pretty much leveled off

Anonymous said...

As of now 8100, though 5 minutes ago I counted 8110. It peaked already, but a post on Slashdot might change it again...

Anonymous said...

As of now 11000 since it was digged too

Ken said...

@ anonymous:

i dunno- i'm only getting 8010 results. but maybe you're using a newer version of google d8

Anonymous said...

I had that number few minutes ago.
Try reloading.
Now it went down a little
As of now 10900

Ken said...

@anonymous:

do you believe in paralell universes? cuz i think that's what we're in (:

i just used the link from your comments and all i got wuz 1830...

MrCopilot said...

There you go Ken. Screenshot.

Ken said...

buwaaaahhhh...

now i know i'm in a parlell universe...

my google's broken- i can't get over 8k ):

Anonymous said...

may be google dance. it's over 12k hits here, and btw mrcopilot is ranked first

Jeff said...

Currently 277,000 pages, and your blog is first :)

Nameless said...

What I'd like to know is which websites were the original 2 results.

Anonymous said...

The original 2 posts were about death by blogging, but didn't list anyone having died.

MySpace deaths can probably be considered death by blogging.

There's also a list of possible ways to die via blogging accident here.

leo said...

I'm also fan of XKCD... and now its 45,500!!!

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is that now it is almost impossible for anyone to know what the two original hits were when Randall did the search...

Ed said...

Still going strong. As of now, 49200 hits, which makes bloging some 50 times more dangerous than skiing.

Roberto said...

274000 hits. Brace yourselves, she's gonna blow!

J-Rod said...

287,000. That's insane, I'm never going to blog again. However, I haven't seen too many results when searching for "velociraptor invasion prevention tactics". Russel, take note. Someone has been neglecting their self-defense methods.

bwcoyoten said...

It's dropping...

Results 1 - 10 of about 269,000 for died in a blogging accident. (0.08 seconds

...Come on, people, let's push this higher. I want to see "died in a blogging accident" hit 500k. :D

eSyr said...

Результаты 1 - 10 из примерно 50 200 для "died in a blogging accident". (0,28 секунд)

Theda said...

787,000 results.... Don't people have anything else to do?

Pedro A. said...

Theda, you forgot the quotes. I get only 45,200 and our Russian friend got 50,200 in February.

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Results 1 - 10 of about 269,000 for died in a blogging accident.

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Anonymous said...

863,000

OBloodyHell said...

9/18/2008 @ 2:20PMEDT --
6,110,000

Anonymous said...

oh crap i've been on xkcd for the past 2 hours..lol

Opy said...

up to 6,390,000 returns

shirley synagogue said...

Its only 3910 site.
dont forget the "" dumbass

tahrey said...

You did give me some ideas though - searched for:

"died in a googlewhack accident": 0 hits

"died in a googlewhacking accident": 0 hits

so they're not even googlewhacks. I shall have to create a page so it will get that holy-of-holy single hit.

"died in a blagging accident": TWO HITS! w00t.
and with any luck, the page is old enough now that it's unlikely to go up

hehehe :)

tahrey said...

aw, crap, I should have leetspeeked those --- now the count will be 1, 1 and 3 once a spiderbot picks up on them. can a mod de-spider-food them for me quick smart? :D

Anonymous said...

How can you guys say mean stuff like this?! My brother died clutching a keyboard!

Ben said...

Haha. Many months ago, "estonian fingers" came up with one result.now its still only at 29. i think its one of the lowest.

RSX said...

Just for keeping it in archive
38 000 000
And just few minutes later got this result
38 400 000

Nick said...

We must be on the tail of the curve.

About 4,980,000 results

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