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Party Like It’s 1998 December 23, 2005

Posted by David Card in Media.

More signs that Tech Is Back! at least in the minds of the beholders.

The Wall Street Journal’s list of most popular stories from its site features, by my rough counting, nine tech stories, up from seven in 2004. But the type and rank of the stories are more trend-indicative than the absolute numbers.

In 2005, right after a Katrina news tracker comes a Google piece (Sergey and Larry buy a jet!), then a Microsoft vs. Google story, an iPod review, and a blog piece (with Katrina tie-in). In 2004, the most-clicked story was tech-related, but it was about Best Buy’s data mining. There was a spam story and an anti-Microsoft whine in the top ten.

I’m not sure how to interpret the 2005 number five position of a fairly crackpot opinion piece by Norm Coleman (R, Minnesota) about warding off those scary folks from the UN and the EU as they try to take over our Internet.

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