Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
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 updates.
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.
Originally posted by pheonix358
In the light of a new day with the chaos of the manhunt behind us I would like to add this thought. For someone as old as I am it is a wonder.
Here I was, sitting in a chair in South Australia, listening to live scanner feeds form Boston, half a world away, effectively communicating with thousand of other like minded individuals, maintaining an up to the moment description of events in real time, so far in advance of what MSM could offer. AND, the whole record is stored for anyone that wants to peruse it at any time.
Bloody awesome when you think about it.
Originally posted by RiverRunsFree
Just want to say good job on posting all this info.... I know some feel it's a lot of misinformation but there's also a lot of good information.
Just think of the many threads that can come back to this for reference and information on the subject in the future, help with their research etc. I'm sure what will follow in the next few months will be countless threads on these last few days, imagine if there was a thread like this for previous/other 'events'.