Posts Tagged ‘analytics’

Google AI Challenge Goes Viral

Friday, February 5th, 2010


Today I had quite a shock when I checked the Google Analytics page for the Google AI Challenge website.  Yesterday, the daily traffic graph looked like this:

I had been pumping up the contest for a couple days, fighting for every additional visit I could get.  I had finally managed to get over 500 unique visitors in one day!  Very rewarding.
You can imagine my shock when I checked the Google Analytics today to find that the graph looked like this:
Wow.  Yesterday we had about 100 users, mostly from the University of Waterloo.  When I woke up today, we had 300 users from 37 different countries.  That happened fast.
So, what happened?  Where is all this traffic coming from?  Google Analytics tells me that most of the spike is coming from this Hacker News article and this Reddit thread.  I am hoping that the contest is in the early stages of going viral, and that the trend continues upwards.  On the other hand, this could prove to be a one-time spike.  I’ll update in a couple days to let you know what happened!

Google Analytics is More Addictive than WoW

Thursday, February 4th, 2010


It’s been a few days since we opened the Google AI Challenge website.  Since then, I have been having a bit of fun playing with the Google Analytics page that is attached to the contest website.  Google Analytics lets you slice and dice traffic statistics in all kinds of ways.  Here are some highlights.

Website traffic broken down by browser

I knew that usage of Internet Explorer was lower amongst students, but I didn’t expect it to be that low!  IE clocked in at just over 6%.  Firefox was the big winner, with almost half the unique visitors to the site.  My personal favorite, Chrome, weighed in second, followed by Safari.  What the heck is Opera?  :-)

Website traffic broken down by operating systemAlthough Internet Explorer has all but disappeared amongst students, Windows is still the operating system of choice.  I was surprised to see that Linux was ahead of Mac.  I would have been interested to see the breakdown of the different flavors of Linux, but the information was unavailable.

Most of the site’s visit have come from Canada at this point.  However, we’re about to launch a big push to raise awareness of the Google AI Challenge internationally.  I am hoping that by the end of the contest, this world map is all lit up.

Then there’s my favorite feature: the graph.  The graph appears on the front page of the Google Analytics dashboard, and shows your site’s daily traffic rise and fall over time.  It is all-consuming and addictive.  Must… make… the line… go… up!  The graph updates once per day at around 1 AM.  How cruel is that?  Try falling asleep at 11 PM like a normal person when you know that the graph will update in just two short hours!