While Obama was speaking on inauguration day, Google's search volume dropped
and people stopped looking at pictures on Flickr. They also turned off their Last.fm music streams. Yet the traffic of that on-the-surface-excruciatingly-annoying service Twitter skyrocketed
. It's interesting, on a number of levels.
If you like that, you can dig into this dissertation on social networks and the American teen
, which collected significant survey data during the same time period that Myspace, and then Facebook rose to prominence. Truly interesting stuff, if, like me, you think this is all the start of our downfall into the borg pit.
All via the excellent waxy