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Cindy Takes Over the Internet
Re-Measuring the Cindy Web Phenomenon
By David Swanson, www.meetwithcindy.org
(An update to http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/1369 )
Measured by Alexa.com, www.meetwithcindy.org continues to climb. It is now ranked 12,422 and is reaching 195 of every million internet users. The site has only 1.0 page views per user, because it's only a one-page site.
We updated the site some days ago but the update still hasn't reached all ISPs. When it does, it inlcudes a link to a Cindy Sheehan section on www.afterdowningstreet.org. As a result, that site is now at about the level that meetwithcindy.org had reached a couple of days ago. Afterdowningstreet.org is now ranked 16,228 with a reach of 90 people per million internet users, and 2.9 page views per user.
Cindy Sheehan is STILL the most searched for term on www.technorati.com/ and stories about her have been the number one news item in Google News.
In addition, I owe apologies to several progressive sites. Trust me, they’ve let me know that I was wrong to call MoveOn.org "the largest liberal website." Many liberal media sites, such as CommonDreams, BuzzFlash, TruthOut, etc., have more traffic than does MoveOn. I am not going to attempt to list all such sites, because I would probably leave one or more out accidentally.
Many of these sites are experiencing high traffic and are extensively covering Cindy Sheehan as well as other topics.
When we launched www.afterdowningstreet.org in late May and it became hugely popular in June, I told reporters that I hoped the corporate media would start doing its job, and that we would LOSE traffic because people would be able to learn about the Downing Street Memos other places.
We haven't yet managed to make those documents the story they deserve to be. But Cindy Sheehan has already demonstrated that I was calculating incorrectly. She's made her story a major news story in the corporate media and its websites, while INCREASING traffic on activist sites promoting the story.