So last month I had run a bunch of FriendFeed crawls. Due to various other higher priority tasks, I haven't yet worked on having the crawl run 24X7. Still the data I have continues to bring forth interesting nuggets. In this post I would like to share the distribution of the friendfeed posts per year.
Year Number of Posts
I had fetched the most recent updated entries for each user. Upon examining the entry dates, I found that some posts dated back to even before friendfeed existed! This was basically due to the fact that FriendFeed is just an aggregator and when a user adds her del.icio.us feed old posts from del.icio.us, amazon and other sources are integrated into FriendFeed. Ofcourse, pretty much all of the recent entries for more prolific users are dated 2008. In case you are wondering, here are the links to the oldest 5 entries. (There were a few entries dated 1989 -- but I think maybe those might be date errors).
- March 26, 2001 del.icio.us entry by Wilfred
- May 10, 2002 Amazon wishlist by Amber
- Nov 3, 2002 Amazon wishlist by Jumagun
- Dec 8, 2003 Stumbleupon entry by Michael
- Dec 12, 2003 del.icio.us entry by Mihir
This is but a snapshot of FriendFeed data and is perhaps only representative of a few days worth of crawls. But what it shows is that at any point in time there are still some "vintage posts" in the FriendFeed cellar for us to enjoy and share.
Maybe there is some joy in reminiscing over old entries with your friends. Perhaps it is sort of the same feeling that one has when sitting down with an old shoebox full of pictures and sharing it with your family. Or... maybe those posts reminds us of a time few years back when we were all excited about del.icio.us, blogs and wikis -- or whatever else was the latest, coolest next big thing at that time!
So my question for you is -- when was the last time you looked for the oldest piece of post/entry you (or your friend) shared online and what do you think about it now? Is it funny now? perhaps even embarassing? :-)