Continuing the series of social news and bookmark popular story statistics, we bring you the March 2008 update.
Once again, we looked at approximately 500 stories that were popular on Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Del.icio.us and Propeller. Although 500 is a relatively small number of the articles that reach the popular pages each month, the graphs should still provide a useful indication as to what topics are generally popular on the major social news and bookmark sites.
The charts all show a four month period, although, we had to modify the Reddit chart as their new groups system means there are more categories than before.
The Digg chart shows that tech stories are on the decline. Check out Richard Cunningham’s excellent graphs that used a much larger sample of Digg stories (and also look snazzier than ours). The decline in tech stories was also covered by ReadWriteWeb.
This month, “lifestyle” overtook “offbeat” topics on StumbleUpon. According to Compete, over 1 million more people visited StumbleUpon in March than in February. Are these new users more interested in different topics or is this merely a temporary blip? The art category is also down by 57% since we started collecting StumbleUpon stats from December ’07. You can view the graphs for yourself below. Just click on the thumbnail to make the picture bigger.
The next update will have 6 months worth of data so we can look at trends over a longer period of time. If you want to keep updated, then sign-up to the RSS feed. You can look at the previous statistics here.
Can you spot any other trends in our data? Leave your comments below
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