Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Analyzing the Slashdot Effect

A couple of days ago I did a little experiment with the previous (and first!) entry of this blog with the objective of collecting some statistical information about people like me, who are avid readers of nerdly news, and in particular of trying to measure the famous slashdot effect and compare it with its analogous from other sites. The blog entry made its way to the front page of Slashdot, Digg and their spanish clones: Barrapunto and Meneame, generating around 140,000 combined visits that were logged using Google Analytics. This time I want to share the results with you.


The article was on Slashdot's front page for about 20.5 hours (from August 13th, 2:30PM until August 14th, 11:00AM). As you can see below, most of the visits took place on monday morning. After leaving the front page of Slashdot and Digg the daily visits were reduced from 81,300 to 17,000 and surely will continue dropping as fast as they grew.

Sunday Monday
Visits: 42,813 81,316
Visits/hour: 4,505 7,390
Visits/minute: 75 123


A first visit to the page produce a transfer of arround 720kB, with that and the number of new visitors can we figure out how much data (approximately) was transferred during that time.

Sunday: 28.7GB
Monday: 54,6GB
Total: 83.3GB

Where do all those geeks come from?

People came from all over the world, in fact from 157 different countries. Most stories in Slashdot/Digg reach every corner of the world!

North America: 77,634 visits
Europe: 41,159 visits
Oceania: 6,443 visits
Asia: 5,423 visits
Hispanic America: 5,350 visits
Africa: 724 visits
USA: 67,752 visits
Canada: 9,882 visits
UK: 9,336 visits
Spain: 7,577 visits
Australia: 5,209 visits
Germany: 3,770 visits
Netherlands: 2,413 visits
Sweden: 2,014 visits
Brazil: 2,008 visits


English: 116,853 visits
Spanish: 7,402 visits
German: 1,975 visits
French: 1,763 visits
Japanese: 1,758 visits
Dutch: 1,465 visits
Portuguese: 1,351 visits

The Referrers

I didn't imagine such big difference between the traffic from Slashdot and from Digg.

Slashdot: 75,753 visits
Digg: 18,087 visits
Barrapunto: 3,767 visits
Metafilter: 3,271 visits
I-am-bored.com: 1,627 visits
Slo-Tech: 1,589 visits
del.icio.us: 1,582 visits
Meneame: 1,538 visits

Firefox & the geeks!

Almost 2/3 of the people were using the Firefox browser, who said Internet Explorer is the most popular browser? Well, not among us :)

Firefox: 63%
Internet Explorer: 20%


Unfortunately Linux is still not so popular as Firefox, even among the geeks.

Windows: 72%
Macintosh: 14%
Linux: 13%

Combo: OS - Browser

Screen Resolution

Resolution: 1280x1024 and 1024x768
Color Depth 32 bit


Flash: 96,6%
Java: 96%

Connection Speed

Dialup: 9%

Do geeks click on Ads?

Finally for all of you wondering what you can get (besides a burning web-server) from being slashdotted, here are the numbers. You are not going to become rich, but perhaps you have more luck than this guy.

Page Impressions: 154,243
Clicks: 454
Dollars: $134


Anonymous Anonymous said...

well... what about opera?
only firefox?:)

huh. lol?!

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opera is on there, just not one of the tops....but opera rocks

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Koki said...

I think Opera has a feature that identifies the browser like Internet Explorer (I don't know if it exist in the new versions but in the old ones)

4:55 PM  
Anonymous foncu said...

This is unbelievable, i could never have imagined such an effect of Barrapunto. Thank you for posting this... as it makes clear what chooses a nerd to browse the web. Firefox r00lz! (so does Opera, but it isn't open source)

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Marcelo Arguello said...

What about southAmerica? I'm from Argentina and there are people here who reads barrapunto every single day, including me. And we are using LINUX!!

6:04 PM  
Anonymous ant1 said...

great post
greetings from barrapunto :P

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just an fyi: I think it is against Google's terms to show impressions and clicks. It should be okay to show the dollar amount that you made.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's very interesting, only say that you get more visits from bandaancha.st than barrapunto or Meneame, It's an spanish portal dedicated to the world of the computers, Internet access and New Technologies...

Congratulations ;)

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I wrote bad my message about Bandaancha.st, I dont write very well English, I was trying to say that it was a big referral too, not the above... :S:S

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Marco A A de Oliveira said...

Greetings! Interesting blog entry & experiment.

Just a nitpick: I suppose you lumped Brazil into the Hispanic America (which would be the category Marcelo Arguelo was looking for). FYI, the standard language spoken there is Portuguese, which, while originating from Latin (hence Latin America, due to the French influences also, and despite Dutch influence in some regions), is not hispanic.


4:05 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

Very interesting stuff :D

5:41 AM  
Anonymous tecniart said...

If only u extend the list of OS... its all about windows and apple -kde
Maybe you could finish -after the EfFecT-
congratulations from spain...

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesante, pero podrias traducirlo al castellano.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Galder said...

Really interesting. Google Analytics is becoming such a needed tool...


12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news.It's hard to imagine that firefox has become even better!
Now it's an ultimate browser, I guess.

Download Firefox 2

11:41 AM  

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