The internet skews history

A huge amount of recent material has been placed on the internet and indexed by search engines, but recent material is greatly over-represented.

Philipp Lenssen searched for references to every year from 1000 to 2100, and plotted the results.

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Philipp’s google-years page gives a feel for the timespan we’re searching when we Google for something.

One Response to “The internet skews history”

  1. pafalafaga says:

    Very, very nice.

    Wish it included the count numbers for each year, though.

    Have you ever seen the somewhat-related The Secret Lives of Numbers site?

    http://www.turbulence.org/Works/nums/applet.html

    It’s strangely cool.