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Google has a brand new logo, celebrating the birth of Louis Braille on January 4th 1809. If you click on the logo, a page with search results opens for "louis braille birthdate" and the number one page is from Wikipedia. This page must pe getting 1000's of hits per second.
And as a proof of how low some people can get the page is vandalized almost every minute with links like "free cell phones" etc...
[edited by: tedster at 2:22 pm (utc) on Jan. 4, 2006]
When I first saw this, I thought I'd gotten to a non-US Google and was reading their name in a foreign language. I'm surprised they'd risk something like this, but then, it IS only for one day.
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The first site that ranks for "louis braille birthdate" just went down. I wonder how much traffic did it got this day.
Ill mail that webmaster and tell him to put some adWords on :)
I don't know for sure, but in my experience it's less (a LOT less) than the hype would make us believe.
Don't get me wrong, it's more traffic most our sites see everyday, but it's likely no more than what you'll see once or twice in its lifetime, likely about 1,000 clicks/day or so, maybe 10k hits/day for a really popular thing (keeping in mind, a hit is defined as a data request, so 10k hits = 1,000 page loads, roughly).
In terms of hits (specifically, data requests), maybe it breaks the 100,000 hits/day mark, but probably not. Certainly in initial attention this is likely, but folks who click through, then click through again? It is still vaguely possible, but not nearly as close.
Wikipedia is lucky... Perhaps 50-100 clicks/day, maybe less... But, it's free.
[edited by: topsites at 6:35 pm (utc) on Jan. 4, 2006]
Wikipedia has banned anonymous editing on any English page since the John Seigenthaler Sr. incident a few weeks ago.
Really? I edited a page two days ago. I assumed it was done anonymously, because I wasn't signed in or anything. Perhaps I'm confused as to the term "anonymous".
Not business driven? This story about the Google logo is all over the news today. What a great marketing tactic -- and Google can get away with doing this. Also, it does not cost them anything while it helps build their brand awareness and image. Not bad for a simple logo change for a day...
We have to remember, Google is a company. They are a public business trying to get a return for their investors. It's easy to get caught up in these things, but a great business decision imo it sure was!
Is there such a thing as an illegally blind person?
The truth is that anyone with vision worse than 20/200 that cannot be improved with corrective lenses is considered legally blind.