Instructables Addicts

Well, I was looking at the Quantcast Page for Instructables, and it was pretty interesting. Of course at the bottom, it says "<1% Addicts, 3% Traffic" Obviously they don't know our community...

Haha, that aside, Instructables has one heck of a community, and I feel like it could grow forever. People look at one or two instructables, then they're hooked, or at least I was. Anybody else?

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Kiteman6 years ago
My memory fails me - what happened last July?

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n8man Kiteman6 years ago
 They might have distinguished other countries from global.
Kiteman n8man6 years ago
I meant the jump in traffic.
lemonie Kiteman6 years ago
Some heavily-blogged stuff? General-strike?

Kiteman lemonie6 years ago

When did internet browsing from phones take off?

When did iPhones get so prevalent?

Is the jump in numbers linked to the rise in phone browsers?  I get the impression that a lot of searches from phones start "how do you..." and "how to..." - that's the sort of search string that brings people to this site.

Is it possible to collect data about what sort of device people access the site from?

.  As part of the "handshaking" that goes on behind the magic curtain of HTTP, there is a browser ID string (HTTP_USER_AGENT) that gets sent to the server. One can usually suss out quite a bit from this info, especially if the browser being used only runs on a particular device/platform. This string is easy to spoof, so it's not 100% accurate, but most ppl don't go to the trouble of spoofing HTTP headers. It should be pretty easy to collect that info from the server logs.
.  If the site is serving different pages for handheld devices (I don't think Ibles does), that would give a big clue.
So that's a qualified "yes".

It is collectable - is it collected?  I don't know about the US, but the internet-browsing phones are a huge slice of web traffic in the UK, but they (anecdotally) seem to focus on a very small number of sites (including FaceBook).

The trend is strong enough that phones are being designed around it.

If my assumptions are anywhere near the reality, it could have implications for the kind of traffic / viewers we get here.

I would combine feeds and mobile browsing to visit 'ibles but it's rare I bother logging in - mainly because the phone's not great... That said, opera mini - tabbed browsing on an old mobile makes it easy...
Wasagi (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
 Yeah, I am unhappy that I can't log in with a PSP, it is incompatible... 
> It is collectable - is it collected?
.  All web servers I've seen default to keeping a log of all accesses and I'm betting that Robot uses that log as one of several complementary methods to track user traffic.
.  The info is most likely in the logs, it just needs to be extracted. I'm guessing that most modern log analyzers will handle the job.
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