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Computer use by age over time

I started this week's blog thinking about how computer usage has increased over time, and what that would look like when split out amongst a few choice age groups. That lead to the Grapher plot below. But if you're curious as to why more users started using computers each year, maybe you can find some indications in the top 5 computer-related events by year for 2005-2010 (according to


  1. Google launches Google Maps and Google Analytics.
  2. Microsoft launches Windows XP Professional 64-bit Edition .
  3. Pandora Internet Radio service launches.
  4. YouTube is founded and comes online.
  5. eBay acquires Skype and Yahoo acquires Flickr. 


  1. Google introdues Picasa, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google search engine, and a Patent search engine, and acquires YouTube.
  2. Twitter is launched.
  3. Intel introduces Intel Core and Core 2 Duo processors.
  4. USA Patriot Act is signed into law.
  5. The GIF standard and pictures becomes officially free. 


  1. Apple drops "computer" from its name, begins selling DRM-Free songs, and releases the iPhone and Leopard OS.
  2. Google releases Google Street View and Android.
  3. Amazon releases the first Kindle.
  4. Microsoft releases Windows Vista and Office 2007 to the general public.
  5. Estonia becomes the first country to conduct an election over the internet.


  1. Google releases Google Chrome.
  2. Apple introduces Snow Leopard OS and the newest line of iMac computers.
  3. Hulu website is released to the public.
  4. XM and Sirius merge and begin broadcasting both services as one.
  5. Acer acquires Packard Bell.


  1. Google launches Google Voice and Google Chrome OS, acquires reCAPTCHA, and releases Gmail from beta after 5 long years.
  2. Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 8, Bing search engine, Virtual PC, MSE, and Windows 7.
  3. Barnes & Noble releases the Nook.
  4. USB 3.0 is released.
  5. Palm introduces WebOS.


  1. Apple introduces the iPad and the iPhone 4.
  2. Windows releases the Kinect for Xbox 360.
  3. Hewlett Packard purchases Palm company, and rights to WebOS.
  4. is acquired by
  5. Mark Zuckerberg named TIME Person of the Year 2010.


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