Technorati's Censorship?

Heather on Why Dont You Blog? pointed out that Technorati is not 'posting' atheist posts, so I checked their statistics. Sure enough, despite the fact that Planet Atheism seems as busy as ever, the graph for "Blog posts mentioning atheism per day for the past 30 days" does appear to show a major decline.Atheism stats.
So much for America's much vaunted free speech! Or, is it censorship? I decided to do a comparison study.

Religion looks very much the same, except that the numbers of posts average about 20 times higher.

Religion stats.
Intelligent design shows little change.
Intelligent Design stats.

But Christianity also shows a significant drop, and significantly higher volume. Don't these people go to Church?

Christianity stats.
As does theology. So little substance, so many posts.
Theology stats.

Here's biological evolution – it appears more erratic because actual numbers of posts are so much lower. How horrifying that one of the most important processes on the planet only draws one post for every 200 religious posts.


Having posted all of the above, I discovered Technorati's updatable graphs. Here some are:

English posts that contain Atheism per day for the last 30 days.
Technorati Chart

English posts that contain Creationism per day for the last 30 days.
Technorati Chart

English posts that contain Religion per day for the last 30 days.
Technorati Chart

English posts that contain Science per day for the last 30 days.
Technorati Chart

American Thanksgiving may provide the explanation for the big drop in posts. Canada had Thanksgiving late in October, which reminds me of an apparently true story. A young man had moved up to Canada to work and wrote home to tell his Mom of his Thanksgiving. His Mom wrote back and asked, "When do they have Christmas?"

2 comments:

Mana, Master of Mischief said...

While I tried to see additional data for the keywords you looked at, I noticed Technorati was giving me slightly different data (even when taking into account the 1-day difference). So instead of commenting here I wrote on the not-so-solid science of Technorati data, and the past 6-months of Technorati problems on my blog.

salient said...

I commented on your site, Mana.