The idea was conceived in June 2000, and born in December 2000 under
the name compare-stuff.com.
After a few months of development and testing it was made public
during March 2001.
It is similar in concept to the following phrase based "web-ometers":
Jim's Public Opinion Research Project,
popularimeter (Swedish only).
You might find them more suitable when you need to measure
absolute popularity on the web, but we hope that compare-stuff.com meets all your
relative popularity measurement needs!