interest in waves
Over the time that I've had metabuilders up, I've noticed one thing in particular that has always made me wonder about global community and human behavior.
I have many controls available on metabuilders. Some are more popular than others, understandably, but interest in them seems to come in waves. I'm defining "interest" by the number of downloads and number of emails I get about them. The big 3 are ComboBox, RowSelectorColumn, and DefaultButtons
It seems that if you graph each control's interest level over time, it will look like 3 sine waves, all out of phase with eachother.
I've often wonder how this works... I can't imagine that the general usefullness follows such curves, so I tend to conclude that their visibility in google or the varioius messageboards and lists follows this pattern... Maybe google will reindex my site so that a search for ComboBox is higher at some points than others... Perhaps people who answer lots of questions on messageboards with links to my site are more active during some times than others...
Maybe somebody who has seen and tracked this kind of behavior could enlighten me?