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September 13, 2005

Fun with Sitemeter


Sitemeter is a company that provides website and blog traffic statistics.

They offer a free basic package and then add features for money.

I forget what I pay annually but it's not a ton and the data are invaluable and very, very interesting.

To know that my readers come from all over the world and that at any given moment (the graphics above and below are from 11:36 a.m. Eastern Time today — 25 minutes before this post went up) at least a fourth of them are from outside the U.S. is most useful in terms of what I feature and choose to focus on.

During the morning hours (my time — U.S. Eastern) at least half my readers are from outside the U.S.

Sitemeter's been adding features recently.

For years they've provided the bar graph that leads this post, showing the percentage of readers in each of the world's 24 time zones in real time.

Then two weeks ago they added a pie chart broken down into continents (below),


which I found most interesting.

And yesterday I noticed yet another new feature: a breakdown by individual countries (below)


from which readers are viewing.

What do you want to bet Google or Microsoft or Yahoo buys Sitemeter and then incorporates their powerful mapping features with the Sitemeter data to let me, say, visualize a map with little flags showing where all the world's joeheads happen to be at a given moment?

What fun.

I read yesterday that China now has 100 million people online, second only to the U.S. in the entire world.

That Chinese figure, by the way, is up from 2 million in 1998.

That leaves 900 million still to come.

Time to start thinking about a Chinese–language version of bookofjoe.

Any Chinese readers interested in exploring this avenue — you know where to find me.

September 13, 2005 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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