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Where the Online Traffic is Going

CmdrTaco posted about 8 years ago | from the no-surprises-here dept.


vitaly.friedman writes "While growth is slowing at most top Internet sites, it is skyrocketing at sites focused on social networking, blogging and local information. The dramatic success of those Internet categories is apparent from a recent online-traffic analysis provided by market research firm ComScore Media Metrix, which examined visitor growth rates among the 50 top Web sites over the past year."

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Localized wikis (4, Interesting)

suso (153703) | about 8 years ago | (#15066492)

it is skyrocketing at sites focused on social networking, blogging and local information.

Local information sites ARE growing. Sites like Bloomingpedia [bloomingpedia.org] (city wiki for Bloomington, Indiana) are getting lots of new articles, editors and interest from people all over the place. There are also other city wikis starting to pop up here and there and I just started the first State Wiki for Indiana [indianawiki.org] last week to help centralize information about the DST change here.

I think a lot of people are starting to get there information from wikis in general because they are showing up so high in searches for information. In just the past couple months, we've been getting lots of search requests for restaurants around Bloomington.

I guess this is the evolution of information on the internet. First it was "fan websites" in the 90s, then directories of information, now localized wikis and blogs.

Especially mashups and blogs are skyrocketing (1)

mustseeblog (966268) | about 8 years ago | (#15066871)

I built a pretty simple blog/mashup last week in a few hours (www.mustseeblog.com) and it got from day one so much attention (+10,000 hits, the first weekend). It was never that easy to get so much attention with that small effort.

A Manifestation Of the Cultural Diffusion (1)

broward (416376) | about 8 years ago | (#15068192)

"Total information grows faster than human population (for now) and it's easily duplicated, so the finite space of each human skull gets a greater diversity of information than ever in history. If information is a prime driver of culture, then "cultural diffusion" should occur; mainstream culture should shrink as fringe cultures spawn and grow."

http://www.realmeme.com/roller/page/realmeme?entry =the_cultural_diffusion [realmeme.com]

Alexa (4, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 8 years ago | (#15066496)

You don't need a research paper to tell you where the traffic is going.

Check out Alexa's Society Category [alexa.com] . It's rife with the named blogging machines and even Slashdot!

All the report provides is the sheer visiting numbers and the rate of increase over the past year. And give proof that Tom [myspace.com] over at MySpace is laughing all the way to the bank. You may call me a karma whore but that man has 68475709 friends!

Re:Alexa (0, Troll)

4D6963 (933028) | about 8 years ago | (#15066904)

From Alexa's page on Slashdot :

People who visit this page also visit: The Register


Where is all the traffic going? (1)

matt me (850665) | about 8 years ago | (#15067271)

Right now, all the traffic is going to the alexa society page. 3 slashdot effect.

Bullshit! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15069949)

I don't believe a word of this story. We've all seen the reports, over the past several months and they prove this one to be patently false. All the other stories have already stated unequivocally that, greater than 50% of all internet traffic is spam and greater than 50% of all internet traffic is porn. That's more than 100%. So there's no bandwidth left over for anythingelse. Most especially blogs!

Re:Alexa (1)

Doyle (620849) | about 8 years ago | (#15073329)

Timely news source for technology related news with a heavy slant towards Linux and Open Source issues.

Hey Alexa! Some of us use freebsd, you insensitive clod...

Basic trends (5, Insightful)

liliafan (454080) | about 8 years ago | (#15066507)

There is a reason for this, google is a superior searchengine, putting aside the regular flamewars on 'evil or not' they offer a better service than their competitors, this is why they are continuing to grow, additionally basically everywhere you look you see something related to google these days, even the whole china upcry, all publicity is good publicity.

The reason for growth with the other sites is because of basic marketing treads they are cool, they are new, myspace has grown because they offered a unique service that people picked up on, blogging is also a major area of growth the fact that blogger.com is tied to google is a likely reason why they are going better than a lot of their competitors, as for wikipedia, it is a one stop shop for all your information needs that and it has a great google ranking it is an unsual day for me to perform a search on something contained in wikipedia and not have that entry returned on the first page.

Re:Basic trends (1)

TheOzz (888649) | about 8 years ago | (#15067021)

"There is a reason for this, google is a superior searchengine"
I agree. The traffic to my domain has been increasing at a rate of over 20% per month. I run several blogs there along with a podcast. I keep the content fairly fresh. It is Google searches that drive in a majority of the new traffic to my site. I do get my share of traffic from other bloggers linking to me, but Google is my friend. Another interesting traffic generator for me is my iTunes store. I am averaging over 20K visitors per month to my domain and will likely pass the 100K visitor per month mark by the end of this year at this rate of traffic growth.

Re:maybe it was marketing... remember Friendster? (1)

vertinox (846076) | about 8 years ago | (#15070855)

myspace has grown because they offered a unique service that people picked up on

Remember Friendster? That was around long before Myspace, but it didn't take off. Maybe it was better marketing or a fluke...

But Myspace wasn't the first nor was it unique.

I don't know about online traffic (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15066527)

But I can tell you where last night's dinner is going: straight to the sewage treatment plant.

I just dropped a deuce the size of a small black boy. I was afraid I might need a rectal episiotomy for this one. However, once it had crowned, there was no slowing down for this giant log, sliding onward with the mass and momentum of a freight train. Had to use lamaze to control my breathing on this one (not to mention to avoid breathing in the shit vapours, this one wasn't silent, but holy jesus it was deadly)

And you can imagine the joy of looking at the massive brown log afterwards, like a proud parent. Ended up being a double flusher. Had to chop it up with the plunger to get that monster down.

I, for one (0, Redundant)

jotate (944643) | about 8 years ago | (#15066532)

I, for one, welcome our new Blogger overlords.

Re:I, for one (1)

somersault (912633) | about 8 years ago | (#15066968)

Would you bother to listen to what they say though? :p There's so many of them.. I know that blogging is kind of therapeutic - I could rant away all day about stuff whenever I type, such as in my comments on slashdot.. but I dont feel that many people would find my opinions/ramblings very interesting or informative >_> Maybe the odd geek or person who doesnt know anything about British culture

Re:I, for one (1)

GigG (887839) | about 8 years ago | (#15067052)

I'm just waiting for the stories of people who don't get hired for jobs because they have been blogging for the last couple of years about how the earth was created by a giant spaghetti monster.

This shows the maturity of the inet (3, Interesting)

Moby Cock (771358) | about 8 years ago | (#15066536)

It seems to me that this represents that the internet is maturing. A couple of years ago, it was mainly used as new way to do things we already used to do. i.e. read news, yellow pages, correspond, shop (this one may be a stretch). However, blogs and social networking are new thing that the internet has made possible. These sites are growing because this form of communication is growing. Such activities were not possible before the internet, but now, as it matures, new communication phenomena are emerging. Heady days, indeed.

Maturity? (1)

scolby (838499) | about 8 years ago | (#15066712)

Been to MySpace or Blogger lately? If anything, those sites are a testament to the Internet's immaturity.

Re:Maturity? (1)

TERdON (862570) | about 8 years ago | (#15066931)

Internet != Internet users

Internet can actually be really mature, even though I do agree with you that most Internet users aren't. They are distinct concepts...

Re:And what's interesting (2, Insightful)

symbolic (11752) | about 8 years ago | (#15066745)

What I find most interesting about this trend, is that "social" interaction carried out online is world-knowable. Anyone who wants to look at, use, or even track what you do online, can do so. It's not like going to a party for a drink and then leaving for the day- it's like going to a party and having everything you do etched in stone so that a nice little memento can haunt you forever.

It will be most interesting to see how much fallout those who participated in sites like MySpace will endure as a result.

Re:And what's interesting (1)

somersault (912633) | about 8 years ago | (#15068187)

it depends if they use their real name and standard email address really.. it's quite possible to still stay anonymous if you want - even if you put up a picture of yourself, how likely is it that someone you know will find you out of the millions of other users? I personally dont mind others seeing what I do online, though may get a little embarrassed at some things, and sometimes do have to catch myself thinking "wait a minute, my family/friends can see this", hehe..

Re:And what's interesting (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | about 8 years ago | (#15068439)

Or you can have multiple online identies. Church Lady for the Family/Employers and Sister Cistern for fun!

Re:And what's interesting (1)

symbolic (11752) | about 8 years ago | (#15069263)

I agree with you in theory, but here's something to consider: ten years ago when people were happily participating in usenet discussions, bearing it all in some cases, few if any ever anticipated the persistence that this online material now has. Few people anticipated that a telephone service provider would stoop so low as to entertain the idea of selling call-related information to third parties - or that a city government would be selling information pertaining to your drivers' license. What's to stop companies from including identities used on your various accounts along with other information they sell?

Re:And what's interesting (1)

somersault (912633) | about 8 years ago | (#15074382)

I thought that was a little thing called the Data Protection Act? At least here in the UK. I think you're allowed to sell depersonalised information for use in statistics, but not to include personal information like addresses etc - I'm guessing when you tick little checkboxes like 'I would like to recieve more information/correspondence from blah blah' that maybe then they sell your information to other people. I guess some companies may not comply with the law, but in reality I'm not worried about slashdot or amazon giving away my account details to third parties

Re:This shows the maturity of the inet (2, Interesting)

klept (895849) | about 8 years ago | (#15069132)

Read "The Global Village" by Marshall McLuan and Bruce Powers. It says basically the same thing about how tech evolves. First it is just an extention of the old, then it morphs into something new. McLuan said in an interview in the 60s that there was some new tech out there beyond the present electronic mediums of tv, etc., but we just dont know what it is right now. Too bad he isnt still alive to see what has happened. BTW the Global Villiage was published and evidently written / put together 10 year's after Mcluan's death, evidently by Powers. Had a "Jerry Taylor from Tuttle" laugh at this when I was telling some people. He couldnt get through his stupid head that books can be published posthumasly. For that matter so can Operas and other creative works. Here's hoping there are not too many Jerry's even in OK.

Pr0n? (-1, Troll)

TooMuchEspressoGuy (763203) | about 8 years ago | (#15066541)

Here I thought that traffic to pr0n sites would still be growing at a rapid rate in addition to the categories mentioned in TFA. Maybe teh intarwebz have already tapped the category of "guys for whom that's the only way they'll ever see a naked woman."

Re:Pr0n? (1)

jotate (944643) | about 8 years ago | (#15066550)

Perhaps, but World of Warcraft is ushering in a whole new generation. So the lapse is temporary, at best.

Re:Pr0n? (1)

VJ42 (860241) | about 8 years ago | (#15069600)

Stop right there, the last time I heard World of warcraft and Porn in the same conversation, it ened up in a very bad place. You just don't want to know what a discussion about cow porn sounds like, and we wern't even drunk.

If people only realized... (1, Insightful)

ehaggis (879721) | about 8 years ago | (#15066558)

I don't think these sites would do as well if people realized the exposure and danger they risk by volunteering so much personal information on the internet. There is a great deal of education which should accompany this growth.

Re:If people only realized... (2, Insightful)

Pudusplat (574705) | about 8 years ago | (#15066757)

Yes, there is some inherent danger in giving away personal information. But there's always risk, in everything. Most of the trouble with putting personal info on the web, at the moment, is that they use it for marketing purposes. Most people don't mind too much about that. They'll happily sign up for Club Savings cards at supermarkets, take surveys without second thought, and generally don't mind if their name is in some huge database with millions of others. They know it won't personally affect them to any large degree.

With the vast userbase of MySpace and Facebook, how often do you hear of malicious use of the users' information? You can don your tin foil hat if you must, but for the most part, society isn't out to get YOU . You're just not that important.

Of course, Identity theft is a whole different matter. Handing out Account Information, Passwords, and SS #'s is dangerous, and people should be educated on those matters, but for the average Joe, having their address published online, along with their interests and job details, isn't that big of a deal.

If people only realized..Fox:When MySpace attacks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15066905)

"With the vast userbase of MySpace and Facebook, how often do you hear of malicious use of the users' information?"

I hear about it more often than the "evening news" tells you.

"You can don your tin foil hat if you must, but for the most part, society isn't out to get YOU . You're just not that important. "

It's not "society" one needs to worry about. It's the maladjusted individuals who prey on others. Oddly enough these individuals refuse to wear the name tags offered like "sick bastard", and "serial killer". They even have the nerve to look like the rest of us.

"Of course, Identity theft is a whole different matter. Handing out Account Information, Passwords, and SS #'s is dangerous, and people should be educated on those matters, but for the average Joe, having their address published online, along with their interests and job details, isn't that big of a deal."

Try reading "Database Nation sometime. There's power in aggregation.

Re:If people only realized..Fox:When MySpace attac (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15067144)

That's ridiculous. How many serial killers target people out of myspace? How many target out of a phone book? How many target out of genetics (eye color, race, etc). I've yet to hear about the abundance of rape and killing on myspace or facebook, due to putting personal information out there.

Not everyone lives life paranoid of what's around when you turn off the lights...

Re:If people only realized... (5, Funny)

meringuoid (568297) | about 8 years ago | (#15066900)

I don't think these sites would do as well if people realized the exposure and danger they risk by volunteering so much personal information on the internet.

Quite a point. Google sees everything you do online, and a cunning questioner can get more information about you than you might think.

Some script kiddie got into a webforum I rather liked a few months ago. Obsolete version of Invision with more holes than a Sierpinski gasket. He Defaced it, deleted stuff, the usual crap. Gloated about his leetness under his leet hacker's handle.

Which led to other places he'd posted.

Which led to other names he'd used.

Which led to a website.

Which had a whois record.

Which had a phone number.

Which was answered by his mother.

We got a photo of him from his eighth-grade spelling bee, too. Cute kid :-)

Re:If people only realized... (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | about 8 years ago | (#15068443)

I hope you also reported him to the police/FBI. He may be cute, and he may be a kid, but that doesn't mean he should get off scott free for something that is considered a criminal offence.

Re:If people only realized... (1)

oni (41625) | about 8 years ago | (#15069365)

yes, because the FBI has people standing by to prosecute a guy who defaces a web form.

A server where I work (not one of mine) was hacked once. The guy put an IRC bot on it. We logged in to the channel pretending to be the bot and when the hacker came along, we got his handle. Much like the parent's story, knowing his handle eventually lead us to his university email account. We provided all this to the FBI - and nothing happened.

Re:If people only realized... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15074749)

He probably works for teh FBI by now..

Re:If people only realized... (2, Insightful)

DesertWolf0132 (718296) | about 8 years ago | (#15067031)

This is true. Education is definately the key.

There is a high level of fear-mongering going on in the media. I have users come to me asking, "Should I block my child from Myspace? A reporter on the news last night said my kid is in grave danger using Myspace. Is he right?"

The problem with getting your technical info from *insert popular news show here* is they are rarely getting their info from real net savvy people. Add to that, fear makes good ratings. There is a risk of children seeing objectionable content. The truth is there is far more objectionable stuff on good old porn sites than there ever will be on Myspace or Blogger. I have both Blogger [blogspot.com] and Myspace [myspace.com] accounts. I also have a six year old that I am preparing to enter the realm of the net. We have to teach kids that it is never OK to give out their real name, address, or phone number online to someone they have never met in real life. Parents, bookmark their blog and monitor their internet habits. You wouldn't let a child roam the streets without some guidance. Do the same for the internet.

At the same time, learn what these sites really are. They are tools for global communication with the possibility to elighten, expand horizons, or just blow a few hours reading funny stories. Children will find their way into the Blogsphere with or without help. If parents can just get their info from solid sources and pass it on to thier children we can make the Blogsphere safe and possibly educational.

Who am I kidding...Bloggers posting something educational...am I out of my mind...

Re:If people only realized... (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | about 8 years ago | (#15068469)

Should I block my child from Myspace?

Well, du-uh! Live Journal is so much cooler.

Re:If people only realized... (1)

DesertWolf0132 (718296) | about 8 years ago | (#15068925)

LJ good. Blogger better. That is if blogging is your interest. Myspace is good for social networking with the non-geeks. Granted some of the layouts would make anyone who follows http://www.catb.org/~esr/html-hell.html [catb.org] rules religiously want to hurl but when most of your friends are unable to discern a hard drive from a rock Myspace is a good option.

Wikipedia's popularity (3, Interesting)

Raul654 (453029) | about 8 years ago | (#15066577)

When I joined Wikipedia (July, 2003) it had just broken into Alexa's top 1000. Since then, the traffic has doubled every quarter, meaning that it has jumped over 900 places in less than three years (it was at 18 last I checked), and traffic has grown by several orders of magnitude. This article lumps Wikipedia in with blogging, social networking, and local information, but I don't think any of those categories are appropriate. It's a general reference - it just happens to be a particilarly good one, delivering a service that you will not find on Myspace, Blogspot, or a local newspaper site.

Re:Wikipedia's popularity (1)

jacoplane (78110) | about 8 years ago | (#15068447)

Hey, Wikipedia's a pretty good social networking service, just add a bunch of userboxes to your userpage and look in the different categories to meet people you like! Ohh, wait, people are also using it to write an Encyclopedia? Pff, chumps :) ~~~~

Traffic is going Grassroots (4, Informative)

digitaldc (879047) | about 8 years ago | (#15066592)

People want more specific information about their various interests. No longer do they just surf the web for stories that corporate entities write, they want to hear from REAL people and REAL opinions.
People are tired of being force-fed information that they may or may not deem useful and have no way of responding to that information.
Blogs and related ventures will be much more popular than corporate-only websites, and that is a good thing indeed.

Yea right... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15067498)

People are tired of being force-fed information that they may or may not deem useful and have no way of responding to that information.

If that was true, no one would watch TV anymore.

Re:Yea right... (1)

digitaldc (879047) | about 8 years ago | (#15067590)

If that was true, no one would watch TV anymore.

TVs don't have keyboards, so there isn't any way to interact with them.

Re:Yea right... (1)

rossifer (581396) | about 8 years ago | (#15069705)

If that was true, no one would watch TV anymore.

Interesting point, and the evidence appears to partially bear out your argument. I hear about more and more of my acquaintances disconnecting cable and only using their television set to watch movies. My fiance and I had separately stopped watching broadcast/cable TV before we met (wasn't all that important to me, but it was a nice bonus).

At some point, we may reach a tipping point of people who don't watch TV, or only watch specific content on their TV's (live sports, maybe) and a whole industry called TV broadcasting will fade away and become part of our history...

Or maybe not. I'm better than Esther Dyson at predicting the future, but still not all that good.


Nothing here is surprising (3, Insightful)

Pudusplat (574705) | about 8 years ago | (#15066615)

It seems reasonable to assume that useful sites will get lots of hits. Sites such as Mapquest [mapquest.com] and Wikipedia [wikipedia.com] get hits, because they're very useful to quickly get information that used to require a lot of time and effort. They're simple examples of how amazingly useful the internet can be. The article then tries to give examples of how some "popular" brands are now not doing as well as new "trendy" sites:

Yahoo retains the largest audience in the United States, though its visitor growth slowed to about 5 percent last year.
Is this something else that is supposed to be news? Huge "super-sites", the website equivalents of multi-national corporations (Yahoo, Aol, MSN) have slower growth rates than new sites with much smaller userbases. 5% Growth in usage of Yahoo.com is still HUGE, when you look at the numbers. That's nearly 6 million more users, which is about 1/5 of Myspace's entire userbase!

This whole article seems to be stating the obvious. Trendy sites are growing quickly. Huge sites are growing not so quickly. Useful sites continue to grow at a steady (fast) rate. Is there something shocking, or newsworthy, mentioned here?

Nothing here is surprising-Extension Cords. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15067544)

"It seems reasonable to assume that useful sites will get lots of hits. Sites such as Mapquest and Wikipedia get hits, because they're very useful to quickly get information that used to require a lot of time and effort. They're simple examples of how amazingly useful the internet can be."

No they're proof of how "amazingly useful" digital information can be. Mapping programs and encyclopedias on DVD's have been around for years and are popular items. The only thing the internet brings to the table is remaining current. The other thing they bring is a dependency on an Internet connection (that CAT5 entension cord running from my car is a pain).

FreeCycle: Localized & Efficient (3, Informative)

rewinn (647614) | about 8 years ago | (#15066640)

Freecycle [freecycle.org] lets you give or get free stuff in your community with minimal effort.

It's very important that each Freecycle node is geographically localized, e.g. one city, so that you're offering/accepting only to/from people for whom the offer is geographically practical. For this application, the internet does not annihilate geography, it only minimizes other transaction costs of offering/accepting free stuff ... but that's plenty of benefit!

Example: Seattle-area uses [yahoo.com] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freecycleseattle/ [yahoo.com]

"Virtual preening" (1)

Otter (3800) | about 8 years ago | (#15066642)

Heh, I loved "MySpace.com, where young people do virtual preening and share musical tastes." I'd first heard of it as a music site and couldn't understand why it was blocked at work.

And CitySearch is big-time now? What's next, Starwave? Pathfinder?

more more and more ... (1)

TechAdd (963866) | about 8 years ago | (#15066662)

Just a couple of months ago i visited this page http://www.alexa.com/site/ds/top_500 [alexa.com] . The ranking now has altered more than expected. Google should have been on the top of the top list, but also think about the research done by comScore Media. Let us take a look at some of the networking sites like http://www.blogger.com/ [blogger.com] and http://www.hi5.com/ [hi5.com] . These site is much popular in the Asian countries like India and China. Huh ... the population matters ... that too to take part freely. I bet it will increase more ... let it ...

What goes around comes around (1)

Were-Rabbit (959205) | about 8 years ago | (#15066678)

Is this any surprise? Really?

Humans are social animals, isolated geeks not withstanding. We have always loved interaction with others. Back in the Commodore/Apple II days, BBSes were extrememly popular. Then came national/global entities like America On-Line and Prodigy. The message and chat areas were enormous draws to those entities. Of course, Usenet replaced BBSes when the Internet became the rage, but people were then turned off by spam and trolls.

So, now blogging and other social web sites have replaced BBSes, AOL, Prodigy, and Usenet as social gathering places. Eventually something will replace blogs. Am I the only one who finds this to be anything other than a surprise worthy of a Slashdot headline?

Re:What goes around comes around (1)

abscissa (136568) | about 8 years ago | (#15067484)

Yes. Because the internet is "the final frontier" ... I can walk over to my computer and in two seconds, I can check my "myspace" profile. (If I had one, that is.) The other things you mentioned had access fees, dial up times, etc.


Best place to get info from experts on a specialized topic is still usenet, whether you post regularly to their group or not.

Best place to get very specific info on any topic from WWII to Wrestlemania is Wikipedia.

Re:What goes around comes around (1)

Were-Rabbit (959205) | about 8 years ago | (#15068105)

Um .. you do realize that you proved my point, don't you? Newer forms of social communication took over for previous forms. Regardless of why (dial-up, etc.) social communication has evolved, the simple fact is that BBSes went to AOL/Prodigy which went to Usenet which went to on-line forums which went to blogs and therefore MySpace. It's a very unsurprising migration from one form of social communication to another. At least, it's unsurprising to me. What is surprising to me is that this is apparently suprising to others!

And, by the way, we still have fees ... unless you're only using public Internet terminals.

Where do you want the traffic to go today? (1, Redundant)

edunbar93 (141167) | about 8 years ago | (#15066713)

As long as this is a new story on Slashdot, all the web traffic will be diverted to the Washington Post.

Myspace (1)

Machina Fortuno (963320) | about 8 years ago | (#15066802)

Rupert Murdoch paid $580mil for it... he thought it was cool.

Myspace as of Feb. 2006 has 54mil accounts.

180k more accounts daily...

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/myspace.htm [howstuffworks.com] (yeah whateva, thats my source)

Anyways... yes. The internet is changing, as users are given the ability to share opinions more freely and the average user begins to value those opinions more and more, the internet effectively becomes more human.

After all, an article posted by a professor is a bit more raw than one shoved past the noses of countless editors at MSN.

Re:Myspace (2, Funny)

robertjw (728654) | about 8 years ago | (#15067668)

Anyways... yes. The internet is changing, as users are given the ability to share opinions more freely and the average user begins to value those opinions more and more, the internet effectively becomes more human.

Funny. That's what everyone always said the Internet should be about. People freely exchanging ideas and conversations. Now everyone is bitching about all the stupid people and stupid sites. Just can't please anyone...

Is slashdot being affected? (2, Interesting)

dada21 (163177) | about 8 years ago | (#15066812)

It seems like we've seen a drop in slashdot numbers in the past few months. I've also seen drops at the local stores and at the local restaurants. Are people starting to have their debt catch up with them, decreasing their available time spent online or doing things they like to do? Or is there really some odd social network change going on?

My blogs have seen a decent increase in traffic over the 4-5 months I've been writing them. When they were e-mail newsletters (opt-in only), I had about 8000 readers, most of which have NOT returned to my blogs on a daily basis. As more people learn how to use RSS feeds properly, though, I'm starting to see more feedburner access than ever before (about a 400% increase in 3 months).

I'm amazed at the amount of traffic that is generated in short time with very little promotion, but I am also amazed at the blogs I read daily. The quality of many of them on my regular feed list is second-to-none! In fact, I can't even read the news anymore since it is all canned newswire feeds it seems. I just did this search at news.google.com [google.com] and if the link is valid for others, it shows pages and pages of the exact same article at dozens of news papers. Boring.

Do people really prefer to be preached to as a choir from people with their same opinions? If so, will tomorrow's news networks serve only a la carte instead of packaged news as previous models had?

That's something that surprises me, actually: slashdot regulars here want a la carte cable channels, a la carte news, and a la carte lifestyles, but most prefer pre-packaged politicians. If we could just change that last part to being a la carte, I'd say we'd see the best social network change.

Re:Is slashdot being affected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15067951)

"It seems like we've seen a drop in slashdot numbers in the past few months."

Yeah, it correlates very closely with when you started posting to every story...
moderation is not just the thing we do with the modpoints, sir.

everyone is getting tired... (1)

Cheeze (12756) | about 8 years ago | (#15066833)

...of the same bull crap. You can only view msn.com so long before you figure out how to change your default website. There's also lots of sites being advertised on TV, which pulls people away from the "old" standard websites.

and no, i didn't RTFA.

Local traffic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15066837)

I run www.TampaForums.com and www.TampaRacing.com, both local based social networks. We have been doubling in traffic every year. We are currently averaging around 13,000-15,000 uniques a day. Which is pretty neat since the websites are only geared towards a single city.

It also brings new issues to the table for site admins. Most of the people who view these websites know each other, and meet on a regular basis. Lot's more drama, and real world type scenarios happen on these local based websites.

FAiLZORS! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15067162)

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Reality TV / Reality Websites (3, Interesting)

DesertWolf0132 (718296) | about 8 years ago | (#15067286)

Blogging and social networking sites feed our society's need for three things. For the Bloggers it feeds our need for attention and validation. As a blogger, I readily admit to that. For the readers, it gives us glances into the lives and minds of others feeding the voyeuristic tendancy that reality television has brought out in our culture. How else can you explain the popularity of sites like http://dooce.com/ [dooce.com] , a site where Dooce writes about her everyday life? Just like the rise of reality shows that follow around regular people 24/7, blogging feeds the inner voyeur in all of us. Finally, the social networking sites make us feel connected to other people, a need often unfulfilled in real life where we work all day and never really connect with anyone. Speaking of connected, I have a Myspace message...

Cheap Plug (1)

KarmaticStylee (962482) | about 8 years ago | (#15067371)

so long as people remain enthusiastic about being the building blocks of web site content, i.e. wikipedia, why on earth would a web author choose any other route? oh and uh, check out GamerFaces.com ;)

It's the Fastest Growing thing out there! OMG! (2, Insightful)

wealthychef (584778) | about 8 years ago | (#15067471)

The study measured relative growth rates. Small things grown at a larger percentage than smaller things. "Fastest growing" is a claim often used as a marketing tool by small organizations to sound impressive. If my website gets 2 hits per month and now goes to 10 hits/month, I've grown 500%! Wow!

Your Parents (2, Funny)

Illbay (700081) | about 8 years ago | (#15068419)

The day your mother gets a blog, is the day you realize blogging has jumped the shark.

Right here. (1)

Gobelet (892738) | about 8 years ago | (#15069720)

Tracing route to slashdot.org []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1     1 ms     1 ms     2 ms
  2    35 ms    35 ms    35 ms
  3    35 ms    35 ms    35 ms  nice-3k-1-a5.routers.proxad.net []
  4    93 ms    39 ms    37 ms  marseille-6k-1-v800.intf.routers.proxad.net []
  5    42 ms    42 ms    43 ms  lyon-6k-1-v804.intf.routers.proxad.net []
  6     *        *        *     Request timed out.
  7    48 ms     *        *     cbv-6k-1-po7.intf.routers.proxad.net []
  8    48 ms    48 ms    48 ms  if-7-0.core2.PG1-Paris.teleglobe.net []
  9     *        *        *     Request timed out.
13   133 ms   133 ms   133 ms  ix-12-0.core2.AEQ-Ashburn.teleglobe.net []
14   133 ms   133 ms   144 ms  bcs1-so-1-1-0.Washington.savvis.net []
15   146 ms   154 ms   147 ms  dcr1-so-3-0-0.Atlanta.savvis.net []
16   170 ms   170 ms   170 ms  dcr1-so-3-2-0.dallas.savvis.net []
17   208 ms   208 ms   209 ms  dcr2-so-2-0-0.LosAngeles.savvis.net []
18   208 ms   208 ms   209 ms  dcr1-as0-0.LosAngeles.savvis.net []
19   208 ms   217 ms   208 ms  dcr2-so-2-0-0.SanFranciscosfo.savvis.net []
20   209 ms   210 ms   209 ms  bhr1-pos-0-0.SantaClarasc8.savvis.net []
21   210 ms   210 ms   210 ms  csr1-ve243.santaclarasc8.savvis.net []
22   212 ms   212 ms   212 ms
23     *        *        *     Request timed out.
24     *        *     ^C

Long and bumpy, the road to slashdot is...

Re:Right here. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15071517)

Why would you not censor your personal IP?

All that 'web potato' time on the rise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15072284)

I guess we know now why obesity rates are sky rocketing. Get off your duffs you sorry fat arses!

it's all about relevancy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15072924)

social sites and those that let people do something like measuring their thought speed [cognitivelabs.com] are getting more popular. big media sites don't have this relevancy and so the flurry for relevancy and focus.
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