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I'd like to see how many times people refer to a specific technology over time. Trending via question text, or better yet, tag usage may provide interesting results.

Bounty: I am offering a bounty to anyone who can point me to a specific query on the Data Explorer that gives the trending tags/topics on SO and the other SE sites.

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there is also this tag trends by week utility from Greg Hewgill – Geronimo Jan 20 '12 at 18:41
Thanks @geronimo looks like a nice feature, though it only supports 3 tags for comparison (no more) – LamonteCristo Jan 20 '12 at 22:24
up vote 3 down vote accepted

You can craft the SQL to get this kind of information from the Stack Exchange Data Explorer at

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I was not expecting OData to be from Microsoft! I have a bit of a learning curve ahead. Hopefully I can find some C# samples... – LamonteCristo Aug 16 '10 at 20:32
@MakerOfThings7: You don't need to use the OData endpoint, you can just "Compose Query" to your heart's content. – Jason Punyon Aug 16 '10 at 20:42

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