[Pdx-pm] Trends in Internet usage
Michael G Schwern
schwern at pobox.com
Wed Apr 8 16:56:23 PDT 2009
Jeff Zucker wrote:
> Sorry, this isn't a Perl question, but I haven't been able to find what
> I'm looking for and y'all might have some suggestions. I'm looking for
> trends in usage of various Internet modes of information
> delivery/communication, especially the role of mailing lists. Is the
> use of listservs and other mailing lists rising, falling, or remaining
> flat? How does it compare to social networking in over-all usage? I've
> browsed around netstats and server-watch and w3c and various sites by
> contributors to the listserv software but without finding anything even
markmail.org may prove interesting, it archives about 7000 lists and 38
million messages back to 1993.
The opening graph surely seems to show a continually growing trend, but
remember that might simply show the growth of what markmail archives rather
than the actual growth of mailing lists. To get a good feel I'd take a random
sampling of what markmail has to offer and see what the trend is.
FWIW, after a peaking in 2001, Perl is holding steady at about 6000 messages
per month. Though I don't think this includes pm.org lists.
Its interesting to see that while most of the chatter is coming from p5p, a
good chunk is perl.beginners.
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