Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

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Usenet looks like a neighbourhood - or a processor map

Not as often as I ought to, I remember to check out the Microsoft Sandbox for toys that aren't released as products but have versions you can play around with. Netscan is a way of exploring Usenet groups to see what's new, what's popular and where you could go to discuss a particular subject - which I like because it's nice to see Usenet is still going. after all, you met such nice people there! But what I like most is this tree map showing the newsgroup hierarchy, sized by posting volume and colour-coded by increase and decrease in volume. There are historical snapshots so you can go back and see that in October 2000 people where talking about more and more things more and more every month. I'd like to see the maps animated to show the change over time ;-)
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