Need someone to lead product or development at your software company? I lead product and engineering teams and I'm looking for my next opportunity. Check out my resume and get in touch.

Anatomy of a meme

Freshness Warning
This article is over 17 years old. It's possible that the information you read below isn't current.

If you haven’t already seen it, this site is #2 on Daypop, Popdex, and Blogdex. Since this is my first time with that sort of recognition, I wanted to explain how I got there and what that means for the site. It’s an interesting look at how traffic and memes flow through blogland.

It started when Bill Zeller created his automatic button maker. Knowing that the world prefers a GUI to a command line, I whipped up a quick HTML front end to it.

Simon Willison discovered Bill’s tool and linked to it. That appears to have been the very first link. Then Dean McKenzie was looking at offline blog posting tools and happened across Zempt. He followed a link from Zempt to Bill’s site and saw both the button maker and link to my GUI. He mentioned those to Paulo, who posted them to MetaFilter.

From there, it snowballed. People picked up the links and mentioned them on their own blogs. Since yesterday, over 300 sites have linked to the button maker GUI. Someone created a powerful command line application. I put a simple GUI on it and I ‘m getting all the credit. I feel a bit like Bill Gates. Bill Zeller doesn’t seem to mind that I’m the one on Daypop, etc. We both know that the link wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for him.

Yesterday morning I noticed I’d gotten over 100 referrals from Blogdex, so I went to see what was going on. The button maker GUI was the #4 link.Then later, I started getting traffic from Popdex. Then Daypop. Soon, Blogdex was my number one referrer.

I’ve had pages from this site appear briefly on Blogdex and Daypop, but I’ve never been in the top 20 sites and never for more than an hour or so. I’ve now been in the top 5 on Blogdex for at least 24 hours and the top 5 on Daypop and Podex since I woke up this morning. What surprises me is how little traffic these sites actually provide. Over the last week or two my site has averaged about 2000 page views a day. Over the last two days, I’m averaging 12,000 page views per day. I would have thought that links from MetaFilter, Blogdex, Daypop, and Popdex would have sent more than 10,000 people to the site. Out of all the sites, Blogdex has sent the most visitors so far, but Daypop is climbing fast.

Trackback from deanmckenzie.org
May 23, 2003 11:17 AM

Nothing like a little traffic

Excerpt: The other day I made a little button using Adam Kalsey's Button Maker. I told Paulo, he linked it on MeFi. Today Adam IM's me out of the blue. He

David Collantes
May 23, 2003 2:24 PM

Yes, amazing, huh? Just hope you do not get /.'ed, otherwise you might get a big bill on bandwidth charges...

Timothy Appnel
May 23, 2003 2:49 PM

Its so big the button maker has been added as amajor feature to SixApart's forthcoming TypePad service. Here it is straight from the CEO's mouth: http://www.dollarshort.org/archives/000881.html

Trackback from anil dash's daily links
May 23, 2003 3:02 PM

Anatomy of a meme

Excerpt: http://kalsey.com/2003/05/anatomy_of_a_meme/...

David Collantes
May 23, 2003 10:03 PM

Timothy, that Mena's post is just too funny. :-) Thanks for it!

Trackback from Volume of Interactions
May 28, 2003 6:33 PM

For the traffic conscious

Excerpt: I've written a few posts about how a website's popularity is a design, rather than a fluke. This is another...


Your comments:

Text only, no HTML. URLs will automatically be converted to links. Your email address is required, but it will not be displayed on the site.

Name:

Not your company or your SEO link. Comments without a real name will be deleted as spam.

Email: (not displayed)

If you don't feel comfortable giving me your real email address, don't expect me to feel comfortable publishing your comment.

Website (optional):

Recently Written

Software engineering manager interview questions (Aug 6)
Here are some questions I like to use to get a sense of who an engineering manager is and how they work.
A framework for onboarding new employees (May 15)
There’s no single good way to onboard an employee that works for every role. Here's a framework for creating a process that you can adapt to each situation.
TV hosts as a guide for software managers (May 10)
Software managers can learn a lot from journalists or late night TV hosts and how they interview people.
The Improvement Flywheel (Apr 29)
An incredible flywheel for the improvement of a development team. Fix a few things, and everything starts getting better.
Managers and technical ability (Dec 26)
In technical fields, the closer you are to the actual work being done, the closer your skills need to resemble those of the people doing the work.
Dysfunctions of output-oriented software teams (Sep 17)
Whatever you call it, the symptom is that you're measuring your progress by how much you build and deliver instead of measuring success by the amount of customer value you create.
Evaluative and generative product development (Aug 30)
Customers never even talk to the companies that don't fit their needs at all. If the only product ideas you're considering are those that meet the needs of your current customers, then you're only going to find new customers that look exactly like your current customers.
Product Manager Career Ladder (Aug 19)
What are the steps along the product management career path?

Older...

What I'm Reading

Contact

Adam Kalsey

+1 916 600 2497

Resume

Public Key

© 1999-2020 Adam Kalsey.