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Reading Addiction

To be honest, I don't know why I'm sharing this with you. I was just poking through my email, and noticed that I read a lot of mail. In fact, my email growth has been exponential over the past 6 years. It's fair to say that I'm addicted. But it's not just email; instant messaging and RSS also occupy my attention a great amount. Maybe I need an intervention. At any event, here are some statistics that may, or may not surprise you:


  • I currently have 54,675 email messages in my Gmail account total.
  • According to GMail, "You are currently using 2177 MB (28%) of your 7532 MB."
  • I have 164 filters sending mail to 111 labels.
  • I have had this account since June 25, 2004.
  • In the first 3 years, I had amassed (sent and received) a total of about 20,000 emails.
  • In the last 3 years, I have since amassed about an additional 35,000 emails.
  • I have 1,879 separate chat logs since Google Talk released and started logging the chats.
  • I'm following 56 people in Buzz.

Instant Messaging

  • I am currently in 26 active IRC channels with Irssi.
  • I am currently connected to 4 separate IRC networks
  • I have been connected to IRC 24/7 since February 25, 2006
  • At one point, I was in 81 IRC channels across 7 separate networks (according to my logs).
  • My IRC logs occupy 239MB of disk space uncompressed.
  • I have sent 6,572 "dents" to microblogging service
  • Of which I am a member of 88 groups (honest coincidence).
  • Further, I'm following 193 accounts.
  • I'm also on Twitter following 124 users and have produced 1,602 "tweets".
  • I have 3 IM accounts: Facebook, Google Talk and a local XMPP instance, each for various reasons, all of which I am connected to 24/7.


  • Since June 17, 2006 I have read a total of 207,620 items, reading 99%.
  • From my 143 subscriptions, over the last 30 days I read 8,767 items, clicked 106 items, starred 1 items, shared 274 items, and emailed 9 items.
  • My subscriptions are categorized into 34 tags.
  • I share an average of 9.1 items per day.
  • I am following 56 people in Google Reader (synchronized with Google Buzz apparently).

People complain about television saying there's "nothing on". When I'm all caught up with my email, IM and RSS, I feel the same way about the Internet.

{ 5 } Comments

  1. David | December 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    This was great. Loved reading every stat. Your way ahead of me in im/irc, but in e-mail and rss we are pretty close to the same numbers.

  2. David | December 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Interesting. Your blog reports me as on safari. I'm really on Android 1.6.

  3. Dmitrijs Ledkovs | December 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm.... I have moved my mailing-list subscriptions to gmane + gnus. Does wonders to email =)

    Only 60k RSS for me =)

  4. Aaron | December 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    What do you mean you've moved your mailing list subscriptions to gmane? I know what gnus is (I prefer mutt), but gmane is just a mail archive. Do you subscribe to the RSS feed rather than mail delivery?

  5. BUGabundo | December 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    stats <3
    i'm not getting into as much details as you but here are some:
    over 70k tweets. 3rd and 10th user in StatusNet
    2 irc servers, and 12 #s
    4 jabber accounts, 1 MSN, 1 AOL, 1 Yahoo, facebook, 5 IM bots,
    $ du -csh .purple/logs/
    662M .purple/logs/

    From your 365 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 9,232 items, clicked 166 items, starred 14 items, shared 1,279 items, and emailed 1 items.
    Since October 20, 2006 you have read a total of 300,000+ items.

    Cant say how much mail i've got, disk is unplugged (SSD has its limitations), but onc i've reached 80GBs of mail archive.
    Since i moved to SSD, i unsubbed and deleted (after carefully archiving) pretty much all mailinglist i was in and didnt even bother to read anymore.

    Recently i purged my twitter account, reducing to 1/3 of the follower list 😀

    Since I have an android (actually two) i'm always connected 😀

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