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Hi,

I was quite suprised when I looked at the visitor statistics for our main maps and graphics website this Monday, which showed a really sharp peak. I know that a map made onto stumbleupon by the end of last week, and that gave a small peak (compared to what we got later).

What I saw on Monday was the traffic from reddit.com, but the real onslaught happened when we got on the digg.com front page. On a weekday we usually have some 3000 visitors per day (which is really good) - the record is now 54000 visitors in a day!

Kind of cool. It seems like our servers handled it reasonably well too, maybe a bit congested at the very peak, but apart from that it made it ok.

The map, you ask? It is kind of supporting evidence to a ozone report we did recently, cartography by a colleague of mine - Emanuelle Bournay.
http://maps.grida.no...digenous-people
http://digg.com/gene...p_of_Skin_Color
http://www.stumbleup...digenous-people
http://reddit.com/r/...66qj0/comments/

It will be interesting to see what lasting effects this will have, more than wrecking the web traffic analytics for the rest of the year (the quick charts adapt the scale to this isolated peak... making all other changes hard to see). We can see that few visitors looked at other resources on our website, and the map didn't really make the headlines for being interesting environmental information (which we are about), more for general science interest and possibly racism/xenophobia etc connection...

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You know... reading the subject line, I kinda feared another sort of post :P

But hey, this is cool. You got some new visitors (quite a few of them) that you got to show who you are and what you do. That never hurts. Shame it will dominate your web stats for quite some time still, but hey... that's the price of your 5 minutes of fame ;)
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Now you're going to get another spike from all of us cartotalkers! :P
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Dave,

Somehow I don't think Cartotalkers can account for another 50000 visitors per day... ;)
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hehe when i saw it now I just realised that the headline could mean something else...
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