Monday, April 8th, 2019
Sunday, November 25th, 2018
Monday, July 31st, 2017
A Weekly Journal of Visual Essays
Some lovely data visualisation here.
Friday, April 14th, 2017
So do you really know which are the top browsers, both amongst your existing customers and your potential audience? Perhaps it’s worth taking a closer look; it might just be time to check your site in some of the lesser-known, yet popular browsers like UC, Yandex and Samsung Internet.
Monday, April 10th, 2017
If you ever need to pull up some case studies to demonstrate the business benefits of performance, Tammy and Tim have you covered.
Monday, October 26th, 2015
I concur with this sentiment:
If you are starting a new blog, or have one already, the best thing you can do is turn off all analytics.
Especially true for your own personal site:
Just turn them off now. Then, write about whatever the fuck you want to write about.
Friday, April 25th, 2014
Huffduff up and up
Stan was asking about numbers for Huffduffer’s user base and activity. I have to admit that I’ve got zero analytics running on the site. To be honest, I’m okay with that—one of the perks of having a personal project is that only metric that really matters is your own satisfaction. But I told Stan I’d run some quick database queries to get some feeling for Huffduffer’s usage patterns. Here’s what I found…
There are 5,862 people signed up to Huffduffer.
About 150,919 items have been huffduffed. But those aren’t unique files. The total number of distinct files that have been huffduffed is 5,972. That means that, on average, an audio file is huffduffed around 26 times. And the average user has huffduffed around 30 items. But neither of those distributions would be evenly distributed; they’d be power-law distributions rather than bell curves. For example, the most popular file was huffduffed 329 times.
Looking at the amount of items huffduffed each year, there’s a pleasing upward trend.
I was pleasantly surprised by this. I would’ve assumed that Huffduffer usage would be more of a steady-state affair, but it looks like the site is getting used a bit more with each passing year (the site is currently in its sixth(!) year).
Not that any of that really matters. I built Huffduffer to scratch my own itch. I huffduff an average of 411 audio files each year. So even if nobody else used Huffduffer, it would still provide plenty of value to me.
Like I was saying to Stan, the biggest strength and the biggest weakness of audio—as opposed to text or video—is that you can listen to it while your doing other things. For some people, car journeys are the perfect podcast time. For others, it might be doing the dishes or train journeys. For me, it’s the walk to and from work each day—it takes about 35 minutes each way, and I catch up on my Huffduffer feed during that time.
Jessica and I will often listen to some spoken word audio in the background during dinner—usually something quite radio-y like Radiolab, or NPR stories. Yesterday, we were catching up with Aleks’s BBC documentary series, The Digital Human. It was the episode about voice.
Imagine my surprise when I heard the voice of Stan Alcorn. What a co-inky-dink!
Friday, February 28th, 2014
A lovely bit of data celebration from Ravelry on the occasion of their 4 millionth user.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you want to see a successful example of a real social networking site, don’t look at Facebook; look at Ravelry.
Friday, August 30th, 2013
Some good-lookin’ stats from a responsive redesign:
Total page views, a metric we were prepared to see go down with the redesign, are up by 27%. Unique visitors per week are up 14% on average and visits per week are up on average 23%.
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
I heartily concur with Luke’s call for sharing of data:
If you’ve had success with a responsive design, my plea to you is to please share what you’ve learned.
I’m going to see if I can get some Clearleft clients to open up.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
I’ve never been a fan of carousels on websites, to put it mildy. It seems I am not alone. And if you doubt the data, ask yourself this: when was the last time you, as a user, interacted with a carousel on any website?
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
A great breakdown of mobile traffic to The Guardian website over time.
Monday, August 20th, 2012
Luke collates some useful mobile browsing statistics once again. Most of it is quite US-centric, but this closing point is a whopper:
36 countries more than doubled their Opera Mini user bases in one year.
Saturday, July 11th, 2009
Trammell outlines the thoughtful, research-based approach that Digg will be taking in phasing out IE6 support.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
Sunday, April 19th, 2009
Here's a different kind of browser stats graph. It shows numbers instead of percentage. Percentage-based graphs don't show just how much the pie has grown over time.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
A Cederholm-designed site for tracking trends on Wikipedia. Check out the HTML5-based class names.
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
The Guardian has released a shedload of data for us to play with. Go forth and hack.
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
Dopplr Blog Â» Blog Archive Â» Dopplr presents the Personal Annual Report 2008: freshly generated for you, and Barack Obamaâ€¦
I can't wait to get my personal annual report from Dopplr! In the meantime, I'll content myself with the very pretty example of Barack Obama's annual report.
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
In the course of defending a porn site owner, a defense attorney has come up with an interesting way of trying to define "community standards" ...using Google search stats.