Who are you?

With the changeover to National Geographic Branding, we’ve reconfigured the Google Analytics account. In the old days (last month) all of Scienceblogs shared a single account, which made it interesting (we could spy on each other’s blogs) and annoying, because if you are only a subdomain on one account there are a lot of things you can’t easily do, or for that matter, do at all.

The current Google Analytics account that I have for this blog does not know anything about past behavior … the past meaning everything from before late afternoon Thursday. This is annoying because I can’t analyze past trends and observe changes in the site’s dynamics. But this is good because doing that stuff is mostly a waste of time anyway.

This also means that we can take a fresh look at who is here. I’ve not posted a lot of new material over the last couple of days, so the traffic on the site so far is a reasonable benchmark for background visits to the site and is probably relatively high in loyal readership plus webby spiders. Let’s take a look at who you are today (well, actually, mostly yesterday) and in a few weeks see if that holds up.

The majority of you do NOT use windows (and by “you” I mean instances of users…a given individual may be a desktop, a laptop, an iPhone, or a BlackBerry depending on the time of day). 47% of visitors visited with Windows, and 19% with Linux. But really, Apple’s OS is the second place since 15% of visitors came here via a Mac and 10% via iOS (so an iPhone, iPod Touch, or an iPad). ON the other hand, since Android is Linux, we need to add the 5% of Android users to that Linux number so … let’s start again…

You are…

  • 46.6% Windows
  • 25.15% Mac OS
  • 24.78% Linux/Android

With the remainder being unknown (less than 3%) or BlackBerry, Windows Phone or FreeBSD (less than a percent each).

Almost everyone has their system language set at some form of English. The most commonly used non-English language is French, followed by German, Italian, and Portugese ala Brazil sharing third place. Anybody know what es-es or hu are? They are next in line with very tiny numbers.

Most of you are in the US, with Canada, UK, Australia clustered far below numerically followed by Romania, India, Ireland, Spain and Italy. African countries don’t show up until way down the list, though in the past South Africa and a few other countries on that continent have had a stronger showing. I expect this trend to change. In total, 71 countries are represented among the visitors here over the last few days. Well, 70. Some of you don’t have a country. CIA, I assume.

Among mobile devices, it seems at first that the vast majority of you are using an Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, or an unknown mobile device. However, these devices are followed by 41 different devices each with a few users, most of which are android smart phones. There is really no apparent trend as to which of these smart phones are dominant, just a few of each being listed. It will be interesting to see how this part of the picture develops with more data.

During these few days, most of you who were referred here by a link from somewhere else came from the New York Times, with freethoughtblogs (The X Blog mainly, but also Pharyngula and Crommuist and Cammels with Hammers) being second. This is a statistic that will also change dramatically over the next few weeks, as currently there is almost no traffic from many of the usual referral sources such as Scienceblogs itself (our unfinished front page has not been a source of traffic) or things like stumbleupon. Some of you came from Wikipedia!

At the moment, the top search terms leading people here are:

carl zimmerman blog
drift rachel maddow chapter summaries
greg laden
how long is a generation?
how to kill spiders
how to use linux
human adaptations
is blood ever blue
linux netflix
“robert macdonald” atheist
speckled recluse spider
stef mcgraw
what is a generation

The social network that seems to have sent you here the most is Twitter (33.33 percent of visits) followed closely by Facebook (27%). Google+ is in 6th place with less than 5% and reddit is in 8th place with less than 2%. As with referring links, this set of data will change dramatically over short periods of time; only a longer look at these numbers will be of much use.

So that’s who you are today. Who will you be tomorrow?


Photo by flickr user patriziasoliani.


  1. #1 B. Nelson
    Turks & Caicos
    June 2, 2012

    The linkage from the Scienceblogs.org site has been broken for some days now. When I click on the title of your blog there, it returns a “not found” error.

  2. #2 B. Nelson
    June 2, 2012

    oops, make that the
    scienceblogging.org site
    the message given is:
    Hmm, we couldn’t find the page you’re looking for. Care to try a search?

    I search by title and arrive.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    June 2, 2012

    You mean the drop down box?
    That might be fixed now (just now).

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    June 2, 2012

    partly fixed on some pages.

  5. #5 Jim Thomerson
    June 2, 2012

    The go to another blog connection usually does not work. I have had one success over the last several days of checking,.

  6. #6 Marcello Jun
    São Paulo, Brazil
    June 2, 2012

    es-es = Spanish from Spain

    hu = Hungarian

  7. #7 Erp
    June 2, 2012

    hu is Hungarian
    es-es is probably Spanish Spanish

    I’m getting a rather large vertically elongated reddish rectangle covering some of the text at the beginning of the page.