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Broadsheet.ie: Three years of typos, things that look like Ireland and stolen bikes

Broadsheet.ie: Three years of typos, things that look like Ireland and stolen bikes

The slides from my talk for Refresh Dublin.

Karl Monaghan

July 17, 2013
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  1. Three years of Typos, Things That Look Like Ireland and

    Stolen Bikes Wednesday 17 July 13
  2. • A Brief History • Traffic • Comments • Apps

    • Future • Questions Wednesday 17 July 13
  3. • Software developer, mainly native mobile apps these days •

    Originally involved to ‘just’ set up the site (a single day of work he said) • Sucked in to help maintain the site/apps and write the occasional post • Do it out of the goodness of my soft heart And You Are...? Wednesday 17 July 13
  4. The Hamster In The Cage • WordPress with a scattering

    of plugins • Single server running Apache and MySQL • Varnish and CloudFlare provide caching Wednesday 17 July 13
  5. Headline Items • Covering from 29th of July 2012 to

    16th of July 2012 • Visits up 31% (13m vs 9.8m) • Pageviews up 43% (31.4m vs 21.9m) • Unique visitors up 12% (2.9m vs 2.6m) Wednesday 17 July 13
  6. Where are your people from? 10% 1% 1% 5% 10%

    73% Ireland UK USA Germany Australia ROW Wednesday 17 July 13
  7. How Do They Arrive 40% 27% 33% Direct Search Referral

    Wednesday 17 July 13
  8. Social Referrers • Primarily Facebook/Twitter • Google+ barely registers •

    Most shared story • 12,723 Facebook likes • 1,135 shares on Twitter • 36 +1s Wednesday 17 July 13
  9. What are people Searching for • Some variation on ‘Broadsheet.ie’

    is 9 of the top 25 searches • We’re going to ignore them Wednesday 17 July 13
  10. Hello, Is Me You’re Looking For? • rosanna davison •

    katie talyor • electric picnic 2013 • niamh horan • property tax calculator • stubbs gazette • kate fitzgerald • tayto chocolate • johnny depp • mikey clancy • exchequer street boy • irish daily star Wednesday 17 July 13
  11. Variations On A Theme • rosanna davison • rosanna davison

    playboy • rosanna davison playboy europe • rosanna davison playboy 2012 • rosanna davison playboy spread Wednesday 17 July 13
  12. Top of the Posts Wednesday 17 July 13

  13. Meanwhile, At The Smithfield Horse Fair http://www.broadsheet.ie/2012/04/02/meanwhile-at-the- smithfield-horse-fair/ Wednesday 17

    July 13
  14. Daisy: The Cutest Kitten In The World http://www.broadsheet.ie/2012/09/22/daisy-the-cutest-kitten- in-the-world/ Wednesday

    17 July 13
  15. Nasty Dublin Bike Rope Trick http://www.broadsheet.ie/2013/07/01/nasty-dublin-bike-hate/ Wednesday 17 July 13

  16. Opposite The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre http://www.broadsheet.ie/2013/06/27/opposite-the-dublin- rape-crisis-centre/ Wednesday 17

    July 13
  17. Rosanna Davison’s Playboy Cover http://www.broadsheet.ie/2012/09/12/rosanna-davisons- playboy-cover-nsfw/ Wednesday 17 July 13

  18. The Bottom Half Of The Internet 211,491 comments from 11,743

    authors Wednesday 17 July 13
  19. Comments Per Author 0.1% 3% 7% 7% 35.9% 47% 1

    2 - 10 11-25 25-100 100-1000 1000+ Wednesday 17 July 13
  20. What Got People Going? Wednesday 17 July 13

  21. Are You From Dublin? http://www.broadsheet.ie/2012/09/21/are-you-from-dublin/ 211 comments Wednesday 17 July

    13
  22. Are The Irish Anti- Semitic? http://www.broadsheet.ie/2012/11/24/are-the-irish-anti- semitic/ 218 comments Wednesday

    17 July 13
  23. Give Them Enough Grope http://www.broadsheet.ie/2013/07/11/give-them-enough- grope/ 255 comments Wednesday 17

    July 13
  24. The Other Side Of Parasite http://www.broadsheet.ie/2013/04/18/a-sponger-writes/ 306 comments Wednesday 17

    July 13
  25. Who Is In The Right? http://www.broadsheet.ie/2013/05/17/who-is-in-the-right/ 318 comments Wednesday 17

    July 13
  26. http://www.somethingofthatilk.com/index.php?id=400 The Browser Wars Wednesday 17 July 13

  27. The Browser Wars 3% 4% 5% 16% 16% 19% 37%

    Chrome Firefox IE Safari Safari (in-app) Android Everything Else Wednesday 17 July 13
  28. The Apps • iPhone 2.0 app released March 2013 •

    Windows Mobile released April 2013 • Android 2.0 app released in June 2013 Wednesday 17 July 13
  29. Downloads iPhone 9,087 Android 1,882 Windows Mobile 1,200 Wednesday 17

    July 13
  30. App Usage • 5.5m screenviews (12.4m pageviews in same period)

    • 14,184 active users • 86% Irish users • ~ half the time spent in app compared to site at 2:52 average session length Wednesday 17 July 13
  31. Devices Top Android App Devices • Samsung Galaxy SIII •

    Samsung Galaxy SIV • HTC One • Samsung Galaxy SII • Nexus 4 Top Android Web Devices • Samsung Galaxy SIII • Samsung Galaxy SII • Samsung Galaxy S • Google Nexus 7 • SonyEricsson Xperia Arc Wednesday 17 July 13
  32. Code Available • iPhone: https://github.com/kmonaghan/ KMWordPress • Android: https://github.com/kmonaghan/ Broadsheet.ie-Android

    • MIT License (i.e. you’re free to use it, credit me and don’t blame me if it sets anything on fire) Wednesday 17 July 13
  33. The Future • Keep going as long as people are

    reading • From a technical prospective • Fresher look for the site • iPad app • updates for the iPhone/Android apps Wednesday 17 July 13
  34. • We love your submissions • broadsheet@broadsheet.ie • @broadsheet_ie •

    http://facebook.com/broadsheet.ie Don’t Forget Wednesday 17 July 13
  35. FAQ • Why do posts disappear? • Not funny/legal issue/wrong

    end of the stick • Can you tell us about [some specific legal issue] • Nope - I either don’t know enough to comment properly or can’t as part of the resolution • Why do apps over a responsive website? • I’m doing this for free so there’s limited time to spend on it. I prioritize things I like and will benefit from personally first (i.e. apps) and pick away at the things I don’t (HTML/CSS/JS) Wednesday 17 July 13
  36. FAQ • Don’t you just get everything from Reddit? •

    No • How do I get an avatar? • Goto Gravatar.com and sign up with the email address you use to post • Why was my comment held for moderation? • This is an automatic process. 2 links, first time using an email address, being a sweary mary, talking about prescription drugs are the usual reasons Wednesday 17 July 13
  37. FAQ • Aren’t the Apps just RSS readers? • No,

    no they’re not. • How many buttons are open on that shirt? • Just two. Not four. Wednesday 17 July 13
  38. @karlmonaghan http://karlmonaghan.com http://github.com/kmonaghan Wednesday 17 July 13