We watched in awe as Al Jazeera helped to topple a dictator in Egypt. Chartbeat was behind the scenes powering the analytics and dealing with the flood as millions came to the sites to watch a regime crumble. It was awesome to watch and we thought it would be awesome to share, so with the kind permission of Mohamed Nanabhay, we present the 2011 Egyptian Revolution in online traffic. Click on the image for the full view.
It feels like less than a month ago we were celebrating crossing 2 million concurrent visitors on chartbeat sites; that's because it was! It took us 16 months to get to 1 million, five months to get to 2 million and now less than a month to break 3 million. Safe to say it's the fastest growth we've ever seen at chartbeat. We've seen a flood of new sites and users over the last month but what put us over the top was the incredible events happening in Egypt. We've been working hard with Al Jazeera throughout what I guess we can now call a revolution. In a recent MediaWeek article, Mohamed Nanabhay talked a little about how he used chartbeat to react swiftly to what was going on in Egypt and we've watched in awe as a News service ignored by many of the major cable companies has become, at least for a while, the most important news site in the world. Congratulations to Mohamed and his team, and all the other news services whose reporters have been covering these events. We're proud to have worked with you during this momentous time!
more than one million people at any one time. I'm psyched to be able to say that just five months later we have hit two million simultaneous visitors. That's not two million in the course of a day or an hour, that's two million people concurrently at a single moment in time. Thank you to all our incredible partners who've helped us get here, had the courage to try something radically new and given us so much advice and guidance; we wouldn't be here without you.
There’s been some celebrations around chartbeat today as we can now say that at any one moment during the day we are listening to the pulse of more than one million people across the web. You can see the current number of people chartbeat is interacting with by going to our front page. As I know from painful experience with my personal site, for the vast majority of sites on the web the average number of people on that site at any one time is approximately zero, so this is a big milestone for us. We’ve been lucky to work with some awesome sites and companies since we launched a little over a year ago and in particular I want to call out a few chartbeat users who’ve gone above and beyond with feedback, encouragement and subscription fees! Thank you, Gawker media, Fast Company and Inc, Time.com, The New York Times, AOL, Forbes, Deltatre, Groupon and Threadless. Thanks also to companies like Talking Points Memo, the Onion and the Chicago Tribune for putting the API through its paces and using chartbeat to make their sites automatically adapt in real time. We’re really very fond of you all! We’re working hard on the evolution of chartbeat right now (and hiring!) and we plan on continuing to show just what you can do when you take data real time.