Everything kind of sucks everywhere at the moment. One thing that doesn’t suck is the Facebook group called ‘Dogspotting‘. In Dogspotting members post pictures of dogs they’ve seen in the street, and other players rate them with points, these points are accrued all in the hope of winning ‘The Big Prize’. The rules are strictly enforced by a team of dedicated admins, knowing that they are under the scrutiny of not only the dogspotting people’s court but also the hacks at the dogspotting gossip and gab magazine.
It’s silly but it’s the best kind of silly. Also its extremely popular, the group has almost a quarter of a million members and its still growing. I thought I’d take a look at how and when people spot dogs, partly to help me on the way to win The Big Prize and partly just for fun, so I took every single dogspotting post from the groups inception to now: 229,971 posts scraped using this code by github user minimaxir.
What I’ve got: every single dogspot ever made
What I’m going to do with it: See what when and why people spot dogs to win the Big Prize