Techdirt 2010: The Numbers.
from the happy-new-year dept
2010 was a great year for Techdirt. We thought we’d share some stats about 2010 with all of you (and yes, we’re a little late on this but we finally got around to pulling together the numbers).
We posted 3,798 stories, generating 152,683 comments. According to Google Analytics, Techdirt had 11,490,135 visits in 2010. So, if Techdirt were a National Park (and you readers were visiting us in real life), we’d be the #3 most popular park in the country, just behind the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Or if we were a museum, we’d be well ahead of the top ranked Louvre, who only did a paltry 8.5 million visits last year. Yes, I know those are unfair comparisons but it’s still a fun way to view things in perspective. Of course, if any of you really do want to visit us in real life, we’d love to have you.
Separately, the traffic numbers represented continued growth over the course of the year. If we’re just looking at our December numbers, traffic in December of 2010 was 62% higher than in December 2009, and that was after continued growth throughout the year. So, it looks like we ended the year with a lot more folks here in the community than we started with, which is always a nice thing.
While certainly a large part of our traffic is US-based, the community here really is quite global with visitors coming from an astounding 230 different countries or territories (and yes, we did recently have a discussion about how there were fewer countries than that in the world, but Google Analytics counts “territories” too — so a big shout out to you, the one visitor from Christmas Island).
Not surprisingly, the top four countries were all English speaking countries (US, Canada, UK and Australia) but Germany clocked in at number 5, followed by the Netherlands, India, France, Sweden and Spain. After India, Japan was the leading Asian country, which narrowly beat out China. Brazil was the leading South American country, topping Argentina by a decent margin. In Africa, not too surprisingly, South Africa was tops with Egypt coming in second. Of course, it looks like we did not get visits from every country in the world. Among those with no visitors at all were North Korea, Western Sahara & Chad. Pretty much every other country I checked had at least one visitor, though there may be some tiny Pacific Islands that I’m unaware of that didn’t send any visitors and which I can’t easily spot on the map.
Within the US, just looking at states, our top visitors were from California and then New York (with Texas close behind). The state that sent the least number of visitors? Wyoming. Not like anyone lives there anyway (kidding Wyomans, kidding). If we look at the top cities worldwide, New York dominated in terms of visitors, with a surprise second place finish from London, beating out all other US cities (perhaps less surprising taking into account population totals). San Francisco, LA and Chicago round out the top five. DC comes in at number seven. Sydney, Australia is the second non-US city and number 9 on the overall list.
Most of you still use Windows, followed by Mac and Linux pulling up in third place. iPhone visitors topped Android visitors (2:1) but I would bet that’s going to change over the next year. Firefox was the most popular browser. Internet Explorer (?!?) eked out a tiny victory over Chrome, though I can’t imagine that staying true much longer.
In any case, thanks to everyone for making Techdirt the thriving community that it is. Here’s to a great 2011.
Top Ten Stories, by Unique Pageviews, on Techdirt for 2010:
- Best Buy Firing Employee Because He Makes A Funny Video That Doesn’t Even Mention Best Buy – July 2nd
- The 19 Senators Who Voted To Censor The Internet – November 18th
- ‘Hollywood Accounting’ Losing In The Courts – July 8th
- Facebook Threatens Greasemonkey Script Writer – March 25th
- Why Congress Isn’t So Concerned With TSA Nude Scans & Gropes: They Get To Skip Them – November 18th
- Guy Building A Working (Yes, Working) Computer Inside A Video Game – September 29th
- RIAA Accounting: Why Even Major Label Musicians Rarely Make Money From Album Sales – July 13th
- Why The Wikileaks Document Release Is Key To A Functioning Democracy – December 1st
- Sony Deletes Feature On PS3’s; You Don’t Own What You Thought You Bought – March 31st
- More Casinos Succeeding With The ‘That Jackpot You Won Was Really A Computer Glitch’ Claim – June 7th
2010’s Top Posts, by Comment Volume:
- UK Hairdresser Fined For Playing Music Even Though He Tried To Be Legal – 599 comments
- Defining Success: Were The RIAA’s Lawsuits A Success Or Not? – 417 comments
- The 19 Senators Who Voted To Censor The Internet – 401 comments
- Four Years In, How Successful Has Hollywood’s Attack On The Pirate Bay Been – 376 comments
- Can Someone Explain Why Circumvention For Non-Infringing Purposes Is Illegal? – 364 comments
- Is Intellectual Property Itself Unethical? – 337 comments
- Why Debates Over Copyright Get Bogged Down: Conflating Use With Payment – 315 comments
- Give A Man A Fish… And Make It Illegal To Teach Fishing – 302 comments
- Why Voting For COICA Is A Vote For Censorship – 300 comments
- Composer Jason Robert Brown Still Standing By His Position That Kids Sharing His Music Are Immoral – 292 comments
It seems worth pointing out that there was almost no overlap between the stories that were most visited and those that had the most comments (only one story makes both lists). This is actually pretty common. Many people assume that more comments automatically means the most popular stories in terms of traffic, but that’s almost never the case. Traffic and comments do not correlate nearly as much as you would expect. Some of the stories with the most comments often involve a very small number of people continuing to have a (often quite interesting!) discussion long after everyone else has moved on…
2010’s Top Users, By Comment Volume
- Dark Helmet -2,278 comments
- Hephaestus – 2,277 comments
- nasch – 1,597 comments
- Richard – 1,539 comments
- Technopolitical – 1,265 comments
- Karl – 1,249 comments
- average_joe – 1,156 comments
- Rose M. Welch – 993 comments
- PaulT – 982 comments
- ChurchHatesTucker – 918 comments