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Miscounting View Counter Answered

Recently, I have noticed the amount of "views" shown when I look at my instrucables is inconsistent. Let me provide some back-story...

At my house, I use an HP desktop running Windows Vista. On this my family runs Internet Explorer 9. My Mother has a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and she uses the most recent version of the Instructable's mobile app. I have a Samsung Galaxy Media Player 5.0 which also runs the Instructable's app. For those of you familiar with the new and updated app, you know that before selecting any instuctable you are able to see the number of "views" and "favorites" that item has attained. A few days ago I published another instructable. Being very excited to see how the community would react, I was checking the "views" frequently and noticed the numbers seemed odd. After further exploring the topic, I found that my personal device would show one number while my home computer ad my Mom's tablet also showed different.

What I mean by this is the number of "views" before I selected my instructable on my device was different from when I clicked on it on the same device. It was also different for the tablet and the computer. I understand that as time goes on my "views" will increase, but these changes were ranging from 2,000 "views" to 4,000 "views". I don't know if this is a side-effect to me since I am the author of these instructables or if this would happen when I view other people's. I also don't know if this affects other attributes (i.e. Favorites, Comments, etc...) or if this happens exclusively with "views". I will keep my eyes open for relevant information and keep anyone interested posted for changes.

I know this is not a major issue but it is indeed an inconvenience. If anyone else is experiencing the same problem please leave a comment so I know I'm not the only one. Also, to the people who take care of these bugs, please let me know if there is any more information that you need to help you out.

  -mymyjames2000

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mikeasaurus

5 years ago

The view counter for a project will display different numbers on the app from the live site, and different again on the live site depending on if you are logged in or not. Also, newly published Instructables are going to show a large discrepancy in view counts due to the time it takes to aggregate the data and display it. Because of this, the view count for the day is more of an indicator than hard data.

The best way to get accurate data on daily views would be to check your stats after a day has passed. So, if you published today, you can get your view count accurately for the previous day. Check out the stats tool on your You page under the stats tab.