Here are some numbers on the visitors brought in after I published my popular Google theory. Some of the most interesting stats:
- Reddit and Slashdot generated nearly the same amount of traffic.
- Only 74.8% of visitors use Windows (geeky crowd, part 1).
- Firefox dominates with 65.5% (geeky crowd, part 2).
- At the peak, I was using 3.0 Mbps when I hit the front page of Digg and Slashdot. I had about 2.0 Mbps sustained from each incident while I was at the top of the main pages.
- The Reddit traffic surge is very gradual. It is difficult to assess exactly when I hit the front page of Reddit. I think this has to do with the fact that their site customizes the front page for each user. My money is on 4:15PM 03/20/2007 (see chart at bottom).
Visitors by site:
- Digg: 36,582 (of which 22,581 were redirected to Dugg mirror)
- Slashdot: 14,961
- Reddit: 9,296
- Stumbleupon: 1,270
Visitor by day:
- March 19, 2007: 332 (regular day)
- March 20, 2007: 13,771 (Reddit front page)
- March 21, 2007: 17,512 (Digg front page)
- March 22, 2007: 17,321 (Slashdot front page)
- March 23, 2007: 2,131
- March 24, 2007: 1,404
- 74.8% Windows
- 13.4% Mac
- 9% Linux
Bandwidth by day:
- March 19, 2007: 26 MB (regular day)
- March 20, 2007: 3,800 MB (Reddit front page)
- March 21, 2007: 6,340 MB (Digg front page)
- March 22, 2007: 6,460 MB (Slashdot front page)
- March 23, 2007: 741 MB
- March 24, 2007: 462 MB
- 65.5% Firefox
- 19.7% IE
- 5.3% Safari
- 4.2% Opera
Bandwidth usage graphs:
Note, technically, I made front page of Digg at 10PM on 03/20/2007.
Traffic seems to heavily corresponds with work hours.
Take note: this ordeal cost me almost 15 gigs of bandwidth for a text post. For those of you hoping to make a buck off of Digg, make sure you have no overage charges with your host. Also, make sure you can actually handle the traffic. The spike will bring down your entire server if you aren’t prepared.