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what are the fastest ever sign-ups?

11:44 am on Sep 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone direct me to a reliable source for any/both of the following:

Fastest ever sign-up rate to free services on the web?
Fastest ever sign-up rates for paid services on the web?
Fastest ever sign-up rate for fresh launches on the web?

Obviously, Firefox had 8 million in a day whne they launched Firefox 3 but then I read that Adobe has 8 million FLASH downloads per day.

I want to know who has had the most amazing sign up rates of all time.

I'll post my own results back here (I'm going searching now) but if anyone has any ideas where to look then I'd love to hear them...


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4:46 am on Oct 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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That isn't the sort of information you could glean from publicly available data like Alexa. The company/organization would have to release that sort of data. Did you find any sources?
8:38 am on Oct 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi Bill

Yeah - I ended up digging around from several sources and realised I was only scratching the surface.

Here's some of the numbers I found - Probably the most useful metric was sign-ups PER DAY, so that's what these are. Sources are a mixture of companies' own sites plus wikipedia and so on. So don't take these as gospel - just a rough guide.

Figure in brackets is amount of years stats came from. So you can read it like Skype has been getting an average of 186k sign ups per day, every day, for 5 years...

Skype - 186,000 (5 years)
Facebook - 126,000 (2 years)
Myspace - 93,000 (3 years)
Age of Conan - 55,000 (<1 year)
alladvantage (agloco predecessor) - 18,182 (2 years)
barbiegirls.com - 10,000 (1 year)
World of Warcraft - 9,000 (3 years)
Xbox Live - 9,000 (4 years)
Warhammer - 8,000 (<1 year)
Friends Reunited - 8,000 (5 years)
Joost - 2,000 (2 years)
Age of Conan 1,000(2 years)

The point of the research was to bring some realism to the sign-up projections some of our ideas.

Idly dreaming of 1000 sign-ups per day for a great idea is great - but this limited research suggests that you have to have something mega-viral (facebook, skype) or something that's already a big brand (barbie, Warhammer) to get those numbers.

NOTE - I'm quite interested in Agloco but found it very difficult to find out how many people have signed up to their scheme. Anyone have any idea?


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