What stats from a 4-day-old blog say about you

This blog was revived five days ago, and I’m horrible obsessed with its stats, so here is what I’ve learned by looking at the first four days of data from Google Analytics, Twitter and Facebook.

You are loud.

Pioneer, Barkerville BC, megaphone by J Scott licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Pioneer, Barkerville BC, megaphone by J Scott licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

More than 2,000 people visited the blog, and 80% of you found yourself on this site after following a link shared on a social network. That means you  brought people to this site. You tweeted an Almighty Link blog post to your Twitter followers more than 350 times, shared a post with your Facebook friends 40 times, liked those Facebook entries more than 200 times, and left 88 related comments on Facebook. I posted only three Facebook status updates on my personal profile, and four tweets, again from my personal account.

You are mobile.

More than half of you used a phone or tablet to read an Almighty Link blog post, and three out of five you who used a mobile device, used an iPhone. Another one in five used an iPad. Most of the remaining 20% used an Android gadget, and a handful used Blackberry or Windows Mobile phones or tablets. Five of you even used an iPod.

You are global.

You came to this site from six of the Earth’s seven continents. One-thousand, seven-hundred fifty of you are from the United States of America. Eight-eight were in Canada when you read a post, and 54 were in the United Kingdom. Italy and South Africa round out the top five countries. I assume that the one visitor from Guam is one of my relatives. Visitors came from each of the blue countries in the map below.

Visitors came from countries that are colored blue.
Visitors came from countries that are colored blue.

You are talkative.

You left 32 comments since the blog started up again. Richard Horgan blogged from FishbowlNY about my reasons for leaving the Register. Vincenzo Marino linked from a roundup on the International Journalism Festival’s site to my blog post about leaving newspapers from his

You are automated.

Roughly 80 of the Twitter accounts that shared a link to this blog are part of The Breaking News Network, a “hyperlocal news network” that uses automated systems to share links from hundreds of Twitter accounts. Here is a sample of the tweets sent through that system.

March saw highest interest in news since 2005

According to Google Insights for Search, which “analyzes a portion of worldwide Google web searches from all Google domains,” there was more interest in the word “news” during the month of March than any other month since July 2005.

The graph below shows search volume (for the word news) on a scale from 0 to 100. Volume was 100 in July 2005, and 96 in March 2011. Read about how Insights for Search works to learn more about the graph.

Mashable as influential as New York Times

After compiling yesterday’s list of the most influential U.S. newspapers on Twitter, based on their Klout scores, I thought it would be interesting to see how some online information sites compare. Here are some apples-to-oranges observations.

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The 41 most influential newspapers on Twitter and Facebook

I ran a handful of newspaper Twitter accounts through Klout this morning to measure their social media influence. Klout uses “35 variables on Facebook and Twitter” to create a score that it describes as a measurement of “overall online influence.”

After Dylan Stableford (@stableford) published a list of top 25 newspapers on Twitter,  based on print circulation, Mathilde Piard  (@mathildepiard) followed with her own list of top newspapers on Twitter that “goes by number of followers on Twitter, not circulation.” I used the accounts from those posts to create the list below. Make sure to read those posts to learn about the selection process.

Here are the numbers. Click on a Twitter username to visit the account. Click on a Klout score for details about that measurement. Oh, and feel free to see the data in this Google Doc.