Sunday 9th February 2003
Several people have asked me about how popular the site is but I’ve been too busy to write up the statistics (which I first looked at last weekend). You can see a chart showing the number of page views. Here’s how it happened…
The site launched on 26th December 2002 (for some reason data for the first couple of days is missing) by me telling some friends and linking to it from my site. Some of those friends linked to it from their sites and Ben Hammersley also picked it up. Boing Boing found it via Ben and from there so did a large number of other webloggers. BBC News asked me to write about the site on 30th December with the story appearing on 2nd January. The following day, just over a week after the site went live, Slashdot linked to the site and page views peaked at 87,037.
Since then traffic has settled down to around 13,500 page views per day (more on weekdays, less at weekends). To date there have been 1,378 annotations posted across the whole site, around 1,200 more than I anticipated. Thanks everyone!