Friday, August 31, 2012

Read Counter, an Idea

Originally posted to my new website, where all of this content will eventually go.

Just a thought. We have so many tools for, essentially, ranking content.

We vote on Reddit, like on facebook, plus one on Google. We pretend this stuff is (relatively) new, but aren't they all just non-passive hit counters? Maybe a return to the beginnings would be nice. But, simply loading a page isn't enough.

My proposal: the Read Counter.

At the end of a page, the Read Counter would trigger simply by scrolling into view. It would be a rough measurement of traffic, and as a simple bonus would avoid counting people who opened the page but don't seem to have actually read the content.

Simple, but useful. Passive, but meaningful.

1 comment:

Mark Mc Mahon said...

Hi,

I expect to see lots & lots of 'short' - single page or less articles then :)

This way the counter would almost always end up on the screen. ;)

I write here about programming, how to program better, things I think are neat and are related to programming. I might write other things at my personal website.

I am happily employed by the excellent Caktus Group, located in beautiful and friendly Carrboro, NC, where I work with Python, Django, and Javascript.