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Subject: Re: UKNM: plug-in take up/stats
From: Stefan Magdalinski
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1999 16:17:15 +0100

Sajid Mohammed wrote:
> This whole debate has made me laugh, quite simply because the
> methodology behind the survey is dubious. Today, the Hitbox community
> boasted 49,398,296 visitors over 290,497 sites - making a visitors per
> site average of 170. Woo-hoo!
> The top rating site in the network is the Drudge Report 292,556
> vistors. The next one along (Galore) boasts 82,570 - a real drop off.
> What I am getting to is this - none of this fills me with confidence
> that taking a sample from sites that have an average audience of 170
> per day each is statistically significant.
> Now, if Nielsen NetRatings or similar were to survey *their* top ten
> and get stats from Yahoo, MSN, Blue Mountain Arts and so forth...
> Stefan> Starting off from a personal prejudice about Flash and then
> bandying about some ill-distinguised research to support your own
> argument seems to be highly unscientific. Look at the poor bloke who

as I immediately admitted. But hey, it sure livened things up in here a
bit didn't it ;)


> The worst thing you can say about Flash (quite apart from the fact
> that it screws up slow machines) is that it is antithetical(?) to the
> original vision of the Internet and the Web: it's proprietary, is not
> supported on a wide variety of platforms (does Flash run on CE? BSD?
> OS/9?) and it's impossible to index using a robot.

as I keep pointing out to people with flash sites who complain about
their search engine ratings.

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  Re: UKNM: plug-in take up/stats, Sajid Mohammed

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