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4 BILLION maps served…[now 5B!] September 1, 2008

Posted by ClustrMaps Team in News.

[UPDATE: by April 2009 this is now > 5 billion; see newer posting]

Since we began a few years back, we have served up well over 4,000,000,000 (4 billion) maps. In other words, counting every dot on every user thumbnail map that has even been displayed, we have displayed over four billion of them, because a dot only appears when the corresponding thumbnail map has been shown to visitors. In fact the number is higher than this, because repeat visits from the same IP address to the same site within a single day only count as one dot, and hence this is considered just one thumbnail map display, even if repeat visits result in multiple displays by our server. Indeed, because we stopped counting repeat visits some time ago, our ‘rate of growth’ appears diminished in recent months, but this is actually an artifact of this more cautious (and fair) counting method!

We are thrilled by this, and want to thank our loyal users yet again. Some geographical hit counter map widgets may look nicer, or zoom in further, or show all kinds of detailed information about visitors (that the visitors may wish they had not revealed!), but only ClustrMaps provides the unique combination of

  • blazing speed (all map images are pre-stored and pre-computed by us
  • complete visitor privacy and anonymity (no cookies, no spyware, no profiling) [UPDATE: see posting re cookies/privacy
  • public bragging rights (visitor details are private, but the overview of dots is public)
  • massive scalability (we can show millions of dots: others may show only 100 or 1000 recent ones)
  • unbelievable customer support, even for free users (just read the testimonials)
  • best ‘gestalt’ view: ‘impossibly many dots in an impossibly small space, impossibly fast’… and all without resorting to tricks such as ‘one dot per country’ or ‘superficial clusters’

Enjoy your ClustrMaps, and get in touch if you ever want to discuss your maps.



1. weshnog - September 18, 2008

wow! that is so cool! i have one on my blog http://weshnog.wordpress.com

2. varun - September 27, 2008

Nice work guys.!!! Keep it up.. i m sure u can have more than 4 billion.I am also one of ur users

3. Zulfikar - October 15, 2008

Awesome going guys I too have one on my blog. But am here commenting for a dif reason today! Has the service gone down? I seem to have lost not only the map on my site but the ability to visit your host site let alone acess my admin section 😦

Hope this is a short term problem n will be resolved soon without loss of data – like I said its an awesome service you provide and I don’t wana look anywhr else.

4. Sanekton - October 17, 2008

Greetings from Russia, 4 trillion of that? I have not understood with the translator I read!

5. ClustrMaps Team - October 21, 2008

Hi Zulfikar… no there was no problem whatsoever… your map was merely archived after 1 year… all running totals are fully preserved, as explained on our FAQ page. Hope you weren’t too startled! 😉

6. Zulfikar - October 21, 2008

Glad to hear that. But howcome I’am still unable to visit my admin section @ http://www.clustrmaps.com and the map is not showing on mysite? All I see is a red x and when click on the box I get a site not found msg! Are there any changes that I should make to rectify this?

7. ClustrMaps Team - October 21, 2008

Hi again, Zulfikar… two things:

1. We cannot replicate your problem at all: everything looks 100% fine; I am looking at http://www.dostanamehfil.com right now, as I did previously, and your thumbnail map is fine, your stats are fine, your big map is fine! You may have a local problem, but of course we are happy to assist further if you want.

2. In any event, we should undertake this little ‘debugging’ discussion privately. You are always free to email our helpdesk, via
t h e t e a m [ A T ] c l u s t r m a ….. [etc etc]

but in any event I will email you directly in about 30 seconds to pursue this further.

8. Max - October 23, 2008

Good work! sure you can more than 4 billion. i am one of your users.

9. ant - February 10, 2009

Hello !!
I’m Taiwanese
I have a world map too
This is my blog


Sorry my english is poor
Have a nice day

10. CEO of Clustrmaps.com- Marc Eisenstadt | Celebrity Truths - January 10, 2010

[…] will see and understand how Clustrmaps served up over 4 billion maps and I personally don’t want to ever go without my clustrmaps […]

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