Thursday, May 22, 2008

Book Blog Sees Half a Million Visitors Thanks to Google

This isn't really book related, but it's so facinating, I couldn't help but post it. Here's the story from the literary blog The Chicago Blog:

Last Friday Google had a special logo to mark the anniversary [of the first laser]. A click on the logo executed a web search for 'first laser' and the first search result was a book excerpt we created five years ago for A Century of Nature: Twenty-One Discoveries that Changed Science and the World. The ensuing traffic was incredible. Our website had almost half a million visitors last Friday, more than 25 times the traffic of the previous Friday. The uptick in traffic actually began about 6pm CDT on Thursday, as the clock turned to Friday in the Far East, and continued into the first few hours of Saturday. A 'Google day' appears to last about 44 hours.
The Internet is a very powerful thing.

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