Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Congratulations ACS

Yesterday, a historic event took place on the American Chesterton Society (ACS) web site.

We had our 1/2 millionth visitor. Yep, 500,000 visitors.

According to Dale Ahlquist, "It took us from 1997 to 2003 to get our 200,000th visitor. We've gotten 300,000 visitors in less than three years since then." Cool

In contrast, the ACS Blog here is at 23,000 hits, with about 4,000 unique visitors (since I started keeping track). But we've only been around since December 2005.

Congratulations, ACS web site!


  1. Envy, Envy, Envy....

    Congratulations. I think I count for at least 100 of those visits from 1997 to 2003.

  2. And me, too. Maybe even 200, when I was looking things up for things I was writing. And investigating the whole site, and searching all the links, etc.

  3. Should we tell them? They've got repeats in there! :)

  4. If all one is doing is counting visitors, repeats will be included because one cannot tell how many are unique. Such tracking of unique visitors requires (among other things) a record of the identity of each visitor, which takes up disk space. Whereas a simple counter of the number of visits takes up as many bytes as they decide to store that number with. (Think of the odometer in your car! It doesn't show how many times you've been to the store, to work, etc.)

    It all comes down to available resources: a disk like a drinking glass or a box or a warehouse, can only hold so much - even though we measure disks in gigabytes (billions of characters) or even terabytes (trillions of characters) these days, they are still finite. Sooner or later it will fill up, unless one manages the available resources.


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