This is awesome: a paper on "single serving sites", on its own single serving site. The author is Ryan Greenberg a student of Information Science at UC Berkeley. It's a cool paper, written in a pleasant tone that takes you around to many oddities of the net, many of which I never knew about. Also interesting is his list of the 130 single serving sites that he used in writing his report. They're not all YES/NO things - Umbrella Today makes his list, along with the original Hamster Dance.
Since I saw IsItTuesday pop up 6 days after I "launched" IsItChristmas I've been watching all the sites that IIC inspired (and who in some cases just copy/pasted my source code), and there are many. I like to take a little credit for this leading to a paper, and that paper's site following that model.
And as I am a proud man who enjoys pointing out his accomplishments to others, here is a chart, adapted from Ryan's data to back me up:
Single Serving Sites beginning with 'is', ordered by date of creation
2007-10-12 - isitchristmas.com
2007-10-18 - isittuesday.com
2007-11-15 - istwitterdown.com
2008-01-05 - isitaleapyear.com
2008-02-08 - isitaprilfools.com
2008-02-18 - isyournewbicycle.com
2008-02-24 - ishelveticathebestfont.info
2008-02-28 - isbarackobamamuslim.com
2008-03-04 - iskottkekottke.org
2008-05-23 - isbarackobamamuslin.com
2008-05-09 - isobamapresident.com
2008-06-27 - ismccainpresident.com
2008-10-07 - issarahpalinpresident.com
2008-10-07 - issarahpalinvicepresident.com
2008-10-07 - isjohnmccainpresident.com
2008-11-04 - ispalinpresident.com
Number 4 - not bad. There were 3 in front of me, and though I'd heard of each of them by the time I made IIC, you'll have to take my word that none of them even crossed my mind in providing inspiration. Along with a coworker's random exclamation, the only site that inspired me was WhatIsMyIP a site I still occasionally make use of.
So there you have it: final proof of the inexpressible value of my birth, and my utter validity as a leader of men. Now I'm gonna go play video games.