Points of View Message Boards 8: More Numbers
In my previous post about the numbers from November last year you'll see that the TV board was getting from 267000 to 295000 page impressions per week back in November.
In May 09 the Television board was getting from 200000 to 260000 per week
Similarly in November the BBC board was getting from 4600 to 5600 page impressions per week.
In May of this year the BBC board was getting 13000 to 15000 page impressions per week.
As we closed three boards at the start of April I was expecting PIs to drop a little overall. I was also expecting the BBC board to increase as some of the conversation on the three boards closed would move to the BBC board.
As I said in this comment overall traffic numbers for the board have dropped a little since the changes. But the boards are still consistently getting more than a million PIs per month, which is healthy traffic.
Another interesting number is number of posts. In April 09 (the month immediately after three boards were closed) the boards were getting roughly the same posts as in April the previous year i.e.
Total posts April 08: 37K
Total posts April 09: 38K
Rowan (who hosted the boards for a while) is cleverer than me and has managed to dig out some numbers for average "active users" in a week.
The definition of an "active user" is someone who has logged into the boards and therefore is more likely to start a thread or leave a comment, than someone who is not logged in and may be just reading the boards.
Figures have been rounded up to the nearest hundred.
You can see that these figures for active users have stayed at roughly the same level since the start of the year.
People will draw different conclusions from the same set of numbers. However comments suggesting the boards have been "destroyed" seem like an exaggeration in the light of the numbers I can see.
This really is the last word on this subject I'm afraid.
I appreciate that some people don't like the changes that have been made to the boards. But as I said in this comment it is not a productive use of my time (or Sarah's) to keep answering the same questions again and again. Also the conversation around the changes to Points of View message boards is starting to disrupt both this blog and the boards themselves.
So I will keep this blog post open until 1 p.m. on Monday
morning for any follow up comments and then close it. And I remind you that comments that are off topic, abusive or disruptive will be removed.
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Nick Reynolds is Editor, Social Media, Central Editorial Team, BBC Online, BBC FM&T