I was excited to see Andy Edmonds’ post yesterday about Places Stats. It’s not every day that we see someone in the Mozilla community talking about R, a popular statistical package.
Places is described as “a system for storing bookmarks, history, and other user information about the Web, intended to improve developer access to this data and make it easier for people to Bookmark pages.” So far, several hundred people have volunteered to participate, and a few folks have started to put some framework ideas around analyses that could ultimately lead to useful insights.
I followed up with Andy to ask about his early analysis, and here’s a high-level summary he shared:
- 30% of users use tags heavily. An additional 20% of users have tried tagging once or twice and didn’t continue for one reason or another.
- Over the years, people seem to be visiting more and more different pages (revisitation rate is decreasing). This is likely a reflection of the growing content on the web and the growing relevance of the web to more aspects of people’s lives, but is also likely an artifact of the more dynamic nature of the web.
If you’re interested in participating/collaborating in this stats project, check out Andy’s post.