Today I wanted to unveil a new subsite featuring some experiments with our data called
It's pretty small and simple, and we hope to grow it with more ideas and experiments (suggestions always welcome here!), but for now it includes:
2013: The year in MeFi stats
Much like our jokey infographic from 2010
, we compiled a bunch of numbers on member activity on the site over the past year. A few notes: we didn't just track the most popular tags, but we tracked "new" tags, subjects that weren't in the top ten in previous years, but showed up in force this year (otherwise we'd just see art and music at the top like in past years). While compiling the stats, I learned two interesting other things: the site traffic for IRL peaked during Memorial Day weekend in the US (late May) which usually marks the beginning of summer, and MeFi member beryllium
did over 90% of all the Podcast transcripts (thanks beryllium!!!).
2013 Most Popular Amazon items
Our other 2013 recap is a list of the top mentions of stuff at Amazon during 2013, along with every reference to the book/item. We obviously took inspiration from NPR's 2013 book round-up
, and when we realized we could do something similar based on Ask MetaFilter comments, we went ahead and built the page.
Recent Amazon Links
If you liked the previous year-end wrap-up of popular Amazon mentions, you will be likely mesmerized like I am by the stream of recent Amazon mentions on the site (everything from books and movies to clothing and pharmaceuticals). The sheer utter randomness of the feed is really interesting and in the last few weeks of testing I've been amazed by daily check-ins, with items I never knew Amazon sold along with threads on subjects I like but missed otherwise. I'd suggest checking this page once every few days for the next week or two and just seeing what sorts of serendipity pop up.
Recent YouTube links in MeFi Posts
This is a nice little thumbnail view of every YouTube video that hits the front page of MeFi. This is especially useful for the megaposts about shows and movies, but it's also a fun way to browse the last week or so of MeFi in a more visual way.
Recent YouTube links in comments
Same as the previous one, but more random in that it combs YouTube mentions in recent comments regardless of the thread, showing a list of random music, movie scenes, and other sorts of things over the past couple days
I want to be clear we're throwing up little experiments with our data to see what interesting patterns bear out and these may or may not grow beyond what they are, or conversely they might continue to be developed and end up becoming a feature in some way elsewhere on the site. I also want to mention that it doesn't mean we love YouTube or Amazon more than their alternatives, but those are the most common items that popped up and were easy to create lists such as these. We're not sure this stuff is super useful on day one, so Labs isn't up on the navigation just yet, but we'll consider adding it in the near future if this area proves useful and worth sharing wider.