When I put out the October 2004 list back in March of 2007, I said that I would try to catch up by counting subsequent months at a rate of at least one month a month... well, given that it is now 21 months later, and I am only now putting out the results for November 2004, I obviously failed utterly at that. I have no real excuse either, as October 2004 was the last month effected directly by the great email disaster of 2004. November 2004 was intact and easily counted by the normal means... as are all months since then.
The timeliness and relevance of this exercise is now more than questionable, and the original purpose of the top ten... namely as a mechanism to encourage friends to keep in touch by sending email, has been eroded quite a bit by the fact that these updates are now more than four years behind real time. But never the less, being stubborn as I am, I will persist. And once again I will say that I will attempt to do these counts at a pace fast enough to eventually catch up with real time. But sometimes life gets in the way.
In any case, finally having counted the good old month of November 2004, we have results...