Online Statistics That Lie
Over on Silicon Alley Insider, Fred Wilson VC points to three over-used statistics that, he says, might sound good but don’t add up to much. He says it’s best to ignore RSS subscriber numbers, Facebook app install numbers and follower numbers on Twitter, Friendfeed, Tumblr, or other social media service. An extract:
I am telling you that the number of followers you have may be relevant early on in the life of a service, but it really doesn’t matter in the long run. …My blog has, according to FeedBurner, 133,000 RSS subscribers. That’s a big number. But the number of people who read this blog via the feed every day averages less than 4,000.