• 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 Andrew_C View Post
      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?
      Hell yeah, haven't you seen all the posts about us damn limies?
      [stereotype mode = off]
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
      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?
      Heh, it is true that we have a lot more visitors from the US now than ever before and certainly a lot more post and join in, but many simply lurk. In fact, when we look at Woorpa (our real-time analytics package) we can see many visitors from the US who return again and again over many months without joining or posting. You also have to factor in that the east coast only starts going to work at about 1-2pm and the west coast many hours after that, so most of you in the UK/Europe don't get to see them at all.
      There is also the scale of the US to factor in. Over the past few years we have put a great deal of time and effort into showing our faces in America and it is now starting to pay off. Given their size and scale it is hardly surprising they are overtaking the UK visitors numbers given their population of almost 314 million vs the UK's 65 million. It's not that the UK is visiting any less (in fact the figures grow annually) just that there are more techies in America
    1. LosOjos's Avatar
      LosOjos -


      And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire, the ring of fire...

      [one for those who remember our favourite resident American user...]
    1. X-13's Avatar
      X-13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post


      And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire, the ring of fire...

      [one for those who remember our favourite resident American user...]
      What happened to her[?]...
    1. LosOjos's Avatar
      LosOjos -
      Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
      What happened to her[?]...
      I don't know, but I daren't mention their name in case I summon them back from the fiery ring of flame they came from...
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      Apparently you have to say her name 3 times whilst looking into a mirror.
    1. Andrew_C's Avatar
      Andrew_C -
      Banned I shouldn't wonder...
    1. ICTDirect_Dave's Avatar
      ICTDirect_Dave -
      This must be wayy before my time, but I am intrigued. Without tempting any wroth or doom that is...
    1. sparkeh's Avatar
      sparkeh -
      Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
      This must be wayy before my time, but I am intrigued. Without tempting any wroth or doom that is...
      Stop mentioning Her That Must Not Be Named
    1. ICTDirect_Dave's Avatar
      ICTDirect_Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
      Stop mentioning Her That Must Not Be Named
      Surely it cant be that ba.....


      Ooops sudden thunderclap overhead suggests otherwise!
    1. nephilim's Avatar
      nephilim -
      RingOfFire (If I remember rightly)...she used to troll the forum but once in a while she had a good post.
    1. sparkeh's Avatar
      sparkeh -
      Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
      RingOfFire (If I remember rightly)...she used to troll the forum but once in a while she had a good post.
      We assume it was a 'she'.
      I always imagined RoF as an obese trucker from Texas called Bubba.
    1. LosOjos's Avatar
      LosOjos -
      Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
      RingOfFire (If I remember rightly)...she used to troll the forum but once in a while she had a good post.
      She did, I had her as a friend for a while, until there was a period where I couldn't defend her any more, she really was just pure troll in the end. Also, I highly suspect she wasn't who she appeared to be, "those" profile photos have popped up a few times on various websites over the years since.
    1. ICTDirect_Dave's Avatar
      ICTDirect_Dave -
      So after a big of digging into EduHistory I know know who (what?) you're talking about. *shudder* I like todays happy 'geekers!
    1. localzuk's Avatar
      localzuk -
      She was a caricature of a troll.

      Was so bad it was funny, and infuriating too.

      There have been some legitimate users who tried to wind me up good and proper on here though, taking things so personally that one of them even threatened me with violence! Ah, the memories.
    1. StevieM's Avatar
      StevieM -
      Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
      I've been the millionth user of so many websites it's untrue, I must be so lucky!
      Hee-hee! That made me laugh!
    1. VeryPC's Avatar
      VeryPC -
      Well done, ye gods of EduGeek.

      It really is an impressive achievement. Thanks for the opportunity to have been a late-coming small part of your story over the last year or so. EduGeek is an awesome community and we're just glad to be able to be part of it.

      From all at VeryPC
    1. Aggy's Avatar
      Aggy -
      Late but sincere congratulations to all of you and especially to @Dos_Box ... always there brightening everyone with his smile! I'm so looking forward to the BETT Show to see you all again!
    1. StevieM's Avatar
      StevieM -
      Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
      Btw to all those asking about the specific post, we do know and will give you details about who etc later today.
      Did I you give the details? Had a look but can't see. Just curious is all.
    1. jinnantonnixx's Avatar
      jinnantonnixx -
      Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
      We assume it was a 'she'.
      I always imagined RoF as an obese trucker from Texas called Bubba.
      Nonsense!

      It was Minnesota.

      Joking aside, I for one found RoF's posts very amusing. They always made me smile.