Tech Dirty to Me

The U.S. Loves Lesbian Porn, And Other Highlights from Pornhub’s Year in Review Stats

(Pornhub Insights)

2014 was an exciting year for Pornhub, what with the celebratory tree-planting, the launch of a record label (sure why not?) and the dispute over that controversial “All You Need Is Hand” billboard in Times Square.

To cap it all off, the site recently announced it received 78.9 billion views in 2014—a considerably higher amount than the 63.2 billion it got in 2013. The stats were part of the 2014 Year in Review report published this week on Pornhub Insights.

Because you no doubt have lots of porn to watch work to do this afternoon, I’ve conveniently picked out the highlights of Pornhub’s er, interesting report on people’s porn habits last year. Read More

Fun with Stats

Even Nate Silver Can’t Predict When a Deadspin Commenter Will Get Laid

This comes up when you Google "Nate Silver baller." (Photo: Mashable)

Statistical genius and maybe-witch Nate Silver popped by Gawker Media’s sports site, Deadspin, today for a little Q&A session. Mr. Silver answered some interesting questions that have been bouncing around the web ever since his mic drop moment, wherein he accurately predicted the electoral outcome of all 50 states.

Mr. Silver wrote that he does plan to make predictions for the elections in 2014 and 2016, and that being suddenly famous is “Completely terrifying. Still, file under ‘Good Problems to Have.'” Read More

Twitter Politics

Who Is Buying Mitt Romney’s Twitter Robot Army?

Mitt Romney (Getty Images)

Sometime around July 21, Mitt Romney’s Twitter account saw a bizarre spike in follower numbers, to the tune of 150,000 or so new accounts in about 48 hours. The presidential candidate’s opponents might be quick to blame Mr. Romney or his campaign, but Mr. Romney’s digital director already told Buzzfeed the campaign had nothing to do with it. Either way, someone clearly fluffed the former Massachusetts governor’s follower count with fakes and The Atlantic crunched the numbers to prove it. The post by Alexander Furnas and Devin Gaffney is densely detailed: Read More