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the indirect slashdot effect


Today Plan B was getting a few hits a minute from a journal entry somewhere that mentions it in a ... not too flattering context, shall we say. However, this entry was from two months ago, which probably meant it had suddenly been linked from somewhere with many, many readers. I was curious. For that many hits to get to Plan B you'd need at least an order of magnitude more hits on the originating site. So I thought: "Slashdot". And lo-and-behold, even though it's not on Slashdot, there is a new posting on slashdot about Rebecca Blood's book The Weblog Handbook and the entry is mainly about disparaging the weblog handbook. And one of the first replies to the Slashdot review is a link to the "bad review" of the book, which happens to contain the link to Plan B at the end. So the people arriving at Plan B have been "filtered" three times, once through the Slashdot home page, then once through those that bother to read the comments, then those that bother to read the entire linked review. And it still delivered about 100 hits in one hour.

The "Slashdot effect" is always amazing to see in action...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 8 2002 at 6:12 PM

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