• EduGeek Reaches 1,000,000 Posts

    Well, we've done it. Or, to be more precise, you've done it. Between all 65,500+ of you, EduGeek now has over 1,000,000 posts of helpful advice, assistance, recommendations, rants and lolz within the EduGeek forums and in the process have made countless techies lives throughout the world a lot less stressful.
    We haven’t even included the tens of thousands of non-members who visit EduGeek each day to get the help they need either. Oh, and if you do lurk and use EduGeek, please join in and share your knowledge. You know you are more than welcome.
    So let us begin by saying a big thank you to you all, and in no particular order:


    • You, the members – Every time we get to meet you it is a joy, and I don’t think there is an online community anywhere with the breadth of knowledge you guys have.
    • Our Moderators – Without who we’d drown in day to day site policing issues
    • Our Sponsors, both past and present, who have helped to keep EduGeek running
    • Tony Sheppard (@Grumbledook) and Russell Dyas (@Russdev) for being our first 'official' presence anywhere
    • All of you who have helped us out behind the scenes over the years. From professional advice, manning the stand at shows, doing logos for us at midnight, speaking, exhibiting or lending a hand at our conferences, or just dropping us a friendly email to say thanks. We appreciate it.
    • Companies, too many to mention - For helping to fund events and other behind the scenes help


    To celebrate this HUGE event we shall be running several competitions over the next month or so with some very strictly limited edition prizes and goodies. So please keep an eye on the homepage for more information as and when they go live.

    We also feel it only fit to show you some statistics that you may not have previously seen, just to give you an idea of the size of community you have helped to build over the past few years. Now, usually when we reach a landmark figure we tend to only show you stats from the past 12 months or so, but this time we are going to show you our long term growth trends which should give you an idea of not only where we have come from, but where we are going as regards to traffic and member levels. And for our older members who have been around the site since the beginning I think you will be amazed.

    Lets begin with the growth in membership over the past years. I can remember getting excited when we had over 30 people on the site at one time back in late 2005 after we had only been up and running for 4 months or so. Now it is very rare that this number drops below 1000, even during the quietest of times and in case you are wondering, during the busy periods in the afternoon we commonly have over 2200 visitors running around the site.



    Not at all shabby! And let’s compare this to our annual visit numbers since 2008:



    Both of the charts above show an amazingly steady growth pattern and yes, the vertical axis scale is in millions! In the past 12 months (Oct 2012-Oct 2013) we have received over 22.6 million visits from around the world, so if you send us a PM please don’t take offense if it doesn't get replied to straight away. We’re very busy bunnies here!
    On average we get just under 62,000 visits per day. To split this down, during the working week we get about 80,000 visits each day, and obviously that drops slightly during the weekend as apparently many of you have lives

    And where are you all coming from? Well, the answer is simple. All over the globe.
    See below for a pie chart showing you our top 5 regions, but in total our members and visitors are drawn from a total of 238 countries, principalities and regions worldwide.



    And our demographic? Well, as most of you should know, we specialise in Education because supporting the hard pressed techs working in educational environments was the reason for the creation of EduGeek in the first place. However, over the years, as we have grown and members have moved jobs we have had to change the tagline from ‘The educational IT professionals life line’ to ‘The IT professionals life line’ to reflect that our members now come from all sectors, including government departments, health, banking, technology and pretty much any area where IT is utilised make up a large chunk of our traffic.
    And you are all very, very welcome.

    And that’s the story so far. Since 2005 when a small forum was created with the founder anticipating no more than a couple of hundred members, we have grown into what is possibly the world’s largest resource for those working with IT in educational environments and beyond. And it’s all down to you.
    You should all be very proud of yourselves.

    Let’s see where we go in the next 8 years.

    Cheers!

    Chris (@Dos_Box), Shaun (@ZeroHour) and Ric (@Ric_)

    P.S. We should have hit the 1,000,000 mark about a week or so back but we decided to clear out some old legacy posts and threads which were part of the count but were system messages etc.

    The relevant tweets etc in case you want to RT/like:

    https://twitter.com/EduGeek/status/398135043446804480

    http://www.facebook.com/edugeek.net

    https://plus.google.com/116564711384...ts/gGuGsj6c1Tw

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    Comments 62 Comments
    1. sparkeh's Avatar
      sparkeh -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rawns View Post
      Any idea who got the lucky 1,000,000th post? I bet it was @X-13!
      Nah he got 1,000,001

      Well done everyone
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
      Fantastic stuff! Like many others, it's been an invaluable tool since I started working in education. It's even recognised as an official resources here; the SLT and academy are very supportive of collaborative working and laud Edugeek for it's value in doing just that.
      Worth it's weight in gold - I hope you guys have some damn heavy servers!
      Indeed we do
    1. SteveT's Avatar
      SteveT -
      Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
      So...
      Gotta get me pompoms out!
      Behave!!!!!
    1. andrew_91090's Avatar
      andrew_91090 -
      This is Awesome, I joined in Jan 2008 and I thought it was huge then, but this is outrageous!! fantastic job you guys have done and have saved my bacon on a few occasions!! And although I don't work in education now, it still comes in handy more and more everyday!!
      People say all tech guys do is Google things, not me, I Edugeek it haha
    1. ICTDirect_Dave's Avatar
      ICTDirect_Dave -
      Bloody good job people!

      Chris, Shaun, Ric; You guys are gents and I enjoy our occasional encounters immensely.

      You fellow Edugeekers are all brilliant (mostly) and you continually make my days in the office more entertaining and well informed (if not slightly less productive).

      Thank you all and Congrats!
    1. dhicks's Avatar
      dhicks -
      Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
      It's even recognised as an official resources here; the SLT and academy are very supportive of collaborative working and laud Edugeek for it's value in doing just that.
      Google seems to agree, too - several times I've been trying to figure out a problem, posted on EduGeek first, then come back to the task an hour or so later, tried a Google search and found the EduGeek thread asking the question is now top of the results. Something to bear in mind - The Internet is watching you...
    1. localzuk's Avatar
      localzuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
      Google seems to agree, too - several times I've been trying to figure out a problem, posted on EduGeek first, then come back to the task an hour or so later, tried a Google search and found the EduGeek thread asking the question is now top of the results. Something to bear in mind - The Internet is watching you...
      I find my own answers to old issues sometimes! I forget I had the issue previously, search google and find my old thread from the last time I had it!
    1. vikpaw's Avatar
      vikpaw -
      yoiks! at least 3% spam.
      uber effort
      have you got a graph of post growth? - would be interested to see how many years before we double.
    1. fiza's Avatar
      fiza -
      I have joined many IT forums over the years but Edugeek is the only one I keep coming back to everyday. It is part of my day to login and have a look to see what is going on, ask a question or 2, maybe even try to provide an answer (rare but it does happen!!).

      Thanks and may Edugeek continue to grow. Wont be long to the 2,000,000th post!!!!
    1. ZeroHour's Avatar
      ZeroHour -
      Thanks all for the messages

      Btw to all those asking about the specific post, we do know and will give you details about who etc later today.
      More stuff to come over the next wee while
    1. Griff's Avatar
      Griff -
      Do they get a very pc tshirt??? ah wait that was another thread dammit
    1. fiza's Avatar
      fiza -
      As an aside to this great news I just wondered which individual had the most posts and thus contributed the most to the total.
    1. sparkeh's Avatar
      sparkeh -
      Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
      As an aside to this great news I just wondered which individual had the most posts and thus contributed the most to the total.
      @localzuk has that honour
      Members - EduGeek.net
    1. hardtailstar's Avatar
      hardtailstar -
      Congrats all,

      Best forum I've been on.
    1. Little-Miss's Avatar
      Little-Miss -
      Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
      I find my own answers to old issues sometimes! I forget I had the issue previously, search google and find my old thread from the last time I had it!
      Me too! I'm like yay past me!
    1. sparkeh's Avatar
      sparkeh -
      Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
      Me too! I'm like yay past me!
      Heh I do that too, it concerns me that I am less intelligent than I used to be :S
    1. LosOjos's Avatar
      LosOjos -
      Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
      Why not give a prize to the bod who posted the millionth post?!
      I've been the millionth user of so many websites it's untrue, I must be so lucky!
    1. plexer's Avatar
      plexer -
      Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
      Indeed I've been steadily moving up the list, not that I keep checking or anything

      Ben
    1. sparkeh's Avatar
      sparkeh -
      Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
      Indeed I've been steadily moving up the list, not that I keep checking or anything

      Ben
      Well some of us have work to do...
    1. Andrew_C's Avatar
      Andrew_C -
      Congrats and all that... but I can't help wondering about the "geographic location" graph. Do a lot of Americans come onto the site overnight here, discuss American things, and disappear before I look in in the morning?