Review of 2011: Most Popular Posts

As I’ve done for the last few years I’m going to spend a couple of days looking back at the year on this blog. Firstly, here’s a list of the ten most popular posts on the blog this year.

  1. Winterval. No surprise here. Because I monitor the Mail’s Corrections and Clarifications column, I was one of the first people to see that they had finally admitted that Winterval wasn’t the atheist/muslim plot they’d always claimed it was.
  2. Leaving LoveFilm. This has been a bit of a slow-burner. It’s only so high because it was published early in the year. I explained why LoveFilm’s rental model no longer fitted in with the way I want to watch films. Still waiting for them to offer streaming-only subscriptions.
  3. Hitchen’s Last Laugh. A look at the nonsense that took place on Twitter a couple of weeks ago following the sad death of Christopher Hitchens.
  4. MPs and Facts. Not much politics on the list this year. This is a reaction to Nadine Dorries’ appearance on Any Questions where she (unsurprisingly) talked nonsense about drugs.
  5. Chuggers. I’d been meaning to write something like this for at least a couple of years. Surely everyone hates being stopped by chuggers, don’t they? This was probably the longest comment thread of the year.
  6. Daily Mail on Google and Adele. I’m rather pleased with this one. The mail published some nonsense about how Google is deliberately encouraging piracy to bring down the British music industry. It didn’t take very much research to disprove their claims.
  7. Independent URLs. I’d forgotten this one. Back in April someone discovered a tiny flaw in the way the Independent’s web site automatically cleaned up URLs. Much hilarity ensued. This post explained what was really going on.
  8. Alternative Vote. An attempt to explode some of the myths used by the No campaign to stop people voting for the alternative vote. It apparently didn’t work.
  9. Message to ADT. Surprised to find this on the list to be honest. The ADT web site annoyed me so I wrote a post about it. Ten days later I got a reply from someone at ADT saying that my suggestions had been implemented. Which was nice.
  10. MPs on Twitter. A review of the number of MPs on Twitter and how it had changed over time. I even drew a nice graph. I need to revisit this project.

So that’s what you’ve been reading on the blog this year. At some point in the next couple of days, I’ll post a list of my favourite posts.


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