May 25, 2024

XKCD Web Comic #1043: Ablogalypse(described)

A web comic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.










Scene: Graph titled “Google Trends Search Volume”

The x-axis is time, with increments of one year, starting with 2005. A green line indicating Livejournal starts low on the y-axis, at before 2005, and goes even lower as it goes to the right to 2012, until it is actually running along the x-axis.

A yellow line indicating WordPress starts below the x-axis at mid-2005 and slowly rises a small amount as it goes right to 2012.

A red line indicating Tumblr starts below the x-axis at the end of 2008 and rises up in a steep curve to 2012.

A blue line indicating Blog starts about a quarter of the way up the y-axis, rises moderately steeply toward the top of the graph, leveling off in mid-2007 and gently sloping down as it nears 2012.

An arrow labeled “Today” indicates the current levels of all four lines. Dashed lines extend from the ends of the blue Blog and red Tumbler lines and intersect at a point labeled “October 12th, 2012.”


In about six months, the word “Tumblr” will eclipse “Blog” in Google popularity. I doubt TV anchors will start talking about “Reactions in the Tumblrverse,” but then again, I still can’t believe we got them to say “Blogosphere.”

Hover text: Plus the reaction in the Tumblverse is always “repeatedly get hit by a dog and fall down the stairs.”

Warning: This comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors). Comic by Described by BlindGadget under the Creative Commons license.




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