posted on Apr, 20 2013 @ 01:09 AM
And for those who were active in the threads posting the updates, you need to know what you did.
This is an early-in-the-day snapshot of our Google Analytics Real-Time report, about 5 hours before Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was caught in the boat:
On normal busy days, I've never seen the Currently Active Users number break 1,000.
As the crescendo of activity increased, about 20 minutes before the capture, the number was flirting with 6,500 -- that's on a short session of 3
seconds. We were also serving about 215 pages a second for the 10 minutes surrounding the time of capture.
The full analytics analysis of the hour of traffic leading up to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's capture is this:
A total of 162,000 people were following the three primary Boston threads.
They were following YOUR
That's more traffic in one hour than ATS got in all of 2003. Because our members were a critical resource for 162,000 people during one of the most
intense news days since 9/11.
Great job everyone.
One thing about that number... it's an estimate. Why? I was getting alerts from Google all day that our traffic was exceeding the ability of the
Google Analytics platform to accurately count. They estimated that our numbers would be low by 35% and that we'd need to upgrade to the paid Google
Analytics Premium so as to not loose data. I used a conservative 30% to extrapolate.