Rich and Anthony deployed a few key fixes last week, nothing too bloggable. They were focused on securing private group activity and caching, which was causing some weird behavior. So, rather than blog those, my periodic Mix post this week is more metrics.
Again, my SQL is rusty, so I had to hack some queries together. I think the numbers are right, but who knows? The analytics information is a bit iffy, since we switched analytics packages a week ago. Anyway, here are the numbers Shishir wanted to see:
Mix doesn’t store any geographic or demographic information, so the only thing close is the location and browser data collected by our web analytics. The regional data are subjective, but here are the top regions by percentage of visits.
The new analytics package we’re using also tracks the browser type and version, so for giggles, here are the numbers by browser, keeping in mind this is only for a week’s worth of data.
Shishir asked for a couple idea metrics to judge how active the community is around ideas.
- 233 ideas have at least 3 votes, which accounts for 38% of the total ideas.
- 193 ideas have at least 1 comment, which accounts for about 31% of the the total ideas.
I actually expected both metrics to be lower, maybe 25% or so. Not too shabby. One thing to keep in mind is there is a small group of active users, I myself am chief among them, that is responsible for a large percentage of the commentary. On some ideas, I have commented multiple times, but rather than bang my head against that wall, I didn’t filter for any of that.
Shishir points out that Mix lacks a tag cloud, and this is not by accident. None of us really finds tag clouds useful. They tend to push focus onto common tags, which isn’t always good. Plus, in a highly flat tag environment, i.e. lots of tags used relatively infrequently, the cloud is pretty useless.
I crunched the numbers, and here are the top 20 tags by use, keeping in mind that Mix allows tags on user profiles, questions, ideas and groups.
If you have other metrics you’d like to know about Mix, sound off in comments. I may or may not be able to get them, but I’ll try.