Spent some time on and off this weekend with 9mile and a few others playing tag team on an inane article on immigration by Gary Younge. There were a few posters in the tails of the distribution from the anti-American Brit contingent, and the frothing right here, but there was overall a surprising concensus within the 3 standard deviations of posters that the article was esentially crap. This poster basically summed it up, and with an equally poignant follow up post –
I am an American leftist, but I have to agree that you always, or nearly always, portray the US in a negative light. I’m tired of it, so tired, I don’t even want to respond to the particulars of this article. You’re little more than a hit man for the Guardian. I guess somebody has to do it. Nothing personal, right. Just a contract, right. You’re being used, buddy.
I couldn’t even be arsed to check in on AMC’s posts this weekend.
So i got to wondering just how the Guardian USA was faring in pulling in Americans (and others) to the new site, so i checked it out on Alexa. You can see on the above picture, which measures the traffic, that it starts up in September when the Graun USA launched. The next graph shows the past 3 months.
But that’s not telling us much as is, so we need a comparison with other media that appeals to similar targeted demographics –
That blue line hanging around the bottom of the graph above is the Graun.
Yay, finally the Graun is on top! But no, that’s the bounce rate. Or, the percentage of visits to the Graun USA that consist of a sigle pageview before leaving, or “bouncing” off. And the Graun USA is back down at the bottom again for the final graph here, which is the amount of time a visitor spends on the site.
Must try harder. Glad that we have 9000 Feet here Gunny.