Traffic During the Facebook Outage

August 4th, 2014 by Josh

As you’ve all but certainly heard, Facebook had a major outage midday on Friday. Overall traffic on news sites dropped by 3%, thousands took to Twitter to voice their frustration, and, apparently, a select few called the LA Sheriff’s Department. Most interestingly for us, the Facebook outage provided a natural experiment to look at what ... Keep reading

The Homepage, Social, and the Rise of Mobile

July 28th, 2014 by Josh

In the much-circulated New York Times Innovation Report, perhaps the most discussed graph was this one, showing a roughly 40% decline in homepage audience over the past three years. With that graph, innumerable articles announcing the “death of the homepage” were written, in The Atlantic, Poynter, and on numerous blogs. Most hinged on the relationship ... Keep reading

What Is Viewability?

July 23rd, 2014 by Alexandra

This is the first post in a series about online advertising measurement and methodologies. Feel free to email me or post in the comments section about topics you’d like to see covered in this series. Curious about Chartbeat advertising tools? Learn more here. What is viewability, you ask? First things first: A viewable impression is ... Keep reading

Attention Web World Cup Wrap-Up: Sample Size and Variability

July 17th, 2014 by Dan

After a month of exciting matches, the Attention Web World Cup has come to a close. In a time-honored tradition (pun intended) Ghana defeated the US with a score of 30 to 25. Congratulations to everyone from Ghana who was consuming content on the web during World Cup matches; you all contributed to this amazing ... Keep reading

Revisiting Return Rates

July 14th, 2014 by Josh

Starting today, we’ve updated our definition of return rate in both our Weekly Perspectives and in the Chartbeat Publishing dashboard. Consequently, you’re likely to see a shift in the numbers in your dashboard — so we wanted to write a quick note explaining the change, why we made it, and what you can expect to see. ... Keep reading