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