TOP 40 NEWSGROUPS IN ORDER BY PER-READER COST (JUL 92)

Daniel Zabetakis dan at cubmol.bio.columbia.edu
Tue Aug 11 11:53:28 EST 1992


In article <4399 at news.duke.edu> una at phy.duke.edu (Una Smith) writes:
>
>An interesting statistic calculated by the folks who keep
>track of Usenet traffic is the estimated number of people
>who read bionet.molbio.genbank.updates:  14,000!  Can it be?
>
   The stats don't really mean that 14000 people read the group. It menas
that there is an estimated 14000 people who have it listed as subscribed
in thier .newsrc file.   Unless I am mistaken, the survey software doesn't
attempt to decide if you actually read the group.

   Anyway, the figures are generally considered to be wildly inaccurate.
The real figure could be anywhere from 1000 to 100000. The readership
surveys probably give a reasonably accurate reletive measure, but I
wouldn't take the figure seriously. 14000 is pathetic readership compared
to some of the more interesting groups.

DanZ

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