Adoos Traffic Update

It's been a while since I last wrote a post so I'm going to give an update on some of the latest traffic figures for Adoos. This year (2008) has been a busy year like always and we've worked hard to keep growing the sites. Things have not gone as well as I would have liked them to, but I can't complain we tripled our traffic compared to 2007.

Adoos Traffic – Oct 08 (approx):

  • Absolute unique visitors: 10+ million (per month)
  • Pageviews: 100+ million (per month)

Adoos Tech:

  • Servers: 25
  • Data Centres: 2 (US and Spain)
  • Technology: PHP, MySQL, Apache, RedHat

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Formentera Weekend

This weekend I’ve discovered one of the last jewels in the Mediterranean. Formentera!

Formentera is the fourth of the Balearic Islands and is situated off
the coast of Ibiza. It is approximately 4km from Ibiza, or half an
hour by boat. The island is only 18km long and has beautiful beaches and crystal clear seas (like in the Caribbean).

The island was full of Italian! I’m amazed how the Italians are experts at colonising the coolest spots around the world.🙂

I would highly recommend everyone visiting Formentera at some point. Here are some pics.

Nick Latham from Adoos.. carrying lots of beer to the beach

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First day at the beach..   no sun tan yet!

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Google Maps in Argentina

Google Maps has finally launched maps for Argentina!! I know a lot of my friends in Buenos Aires are going to be extremely happy about this news.🙂

Until yesterday, Argentina was surprisingly the only country in Latin America with no Google Maps.

Note: To see the maps, you need to go to maps.google.com, then click on the Terrain  button (a new view option) and finally move the map down to Argentina and zoom.

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Social Networking Keeps Growing

According to comScore’s latest stats on social network sites, MySpace is still king and twice as large as its
nearest rival, Facebook. Both Facebook and Bebo have growth dramatically over the past year:

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Having said this, we still don’t have any dominant social network in
many countries in Europe (including France, Spain & Italy). 2007 might be the last chance to launch a social network for European startups before the US social networks enter Europe aggressively  in 2008.

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Making music – Akai Mpd24

Here is a little secret about me, before launching Adoos I tried (for a couple of years) to become a professional DJ and Music producer in London! It didn’t work out because I ran out of money before I ever produced a Hit so I had to quit and go back to my boring consulting job. c’est la vie…

Anyway, today I saw a video on YouTube of a guy making music with an Akai MPD24 sampler and I loved it! I used to own an Akai S5000.

Here is the video….

Here is a picture of my studio at my house in Bayswater, London (yr 2002):

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World Map of Social Networks

VCs are throwing around money like it’s no tomorrow at Social Networks. Hi5 and Tagged are a two that have gotten funding recently.

1) Tagged raises $15m on a $102m pre valuation

2) Hi5 Takes $20 million

For some strange reason, social networks haven’t been as popular in Europe like they have in the rest of the world, but I think the situation is starting to change. Most of my friends are split into 3-4 networks, so I’m regularly user of ASmallWorld, Orkut, Hi5, Facebook and Linkedin.

Here’s a map of the world, showing the dominant social networks by country, according to Alexa. Including: Bebo, Cyworld, Facebook, Fotolog, Hi5, Friendster, Orkut, Studivz

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RobotReplay – Watch your site visitors

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How cool would it be to be able to watch your visitors move their mouse, click on links, and scroll down your pages?  Would that tell you anything about your site? 

This week I’ve been playing around with a software that does exactly that. Just sign up at RobotReplay, put a teeny-tiny line of script on any pages you want to record, and you’re all set. 

At Adoos, we implement new features and changes on the User Interface nearly on a weekly basis. RobotReplay is definitively going to help us understand how our users interact with the site.

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