Look At All Our Downloads!
from the one-two-four-eighteen dept
Plenty of companies tout the number of downloads of their software as if it’s a meaningful metric — with Skype as one of the most egregious examples. It’s pretty obvious, though, that those figures are pretty useless, for a variety of reasons. For instance, MySQL says nearly 1 in 100 people in Japan have downloaded its software, a pretty staggering statistic. Of course, they count incomplete or failed downloads, and don’t bother with counting unique users. So the next time somebody touts all their downloads — and parlays that into a billion-dollar deal, take it with a grain of salt.