Is Hoboken411 Influential?
Some people out there are very obsessed with stats, traffic figures, links, and all sorts of “metrics” that are available to determine the usage of a website. Many people live & die by their rankings, clicks and all sorts of other data to the point where it becomes overly time consuming and counter-productive.
I for one, use a few, but only check from time to time. It can be useful to discover where your traffic is coming from, what the peak times are and so on. When you tweak your database and server settings it’s important to know the number of connections you have amongst other things. I love what I do here for the Hoboken community, and regardless of what these rankings mean, it will not change what I do or how I do it. I’m my harshest critic, and will not let status get in my way.
So I discovered this week that Hoboken411 was ranked #1 in “New Jersey’s Most Influential Political Blogs” list by BlogNetNews.com. They have some kind of proprietary system for calculating these ranks.
BNN’s New Jersey Blogosphere Influence Rating combines a variety of data sets to determine which blogs are most powerfully influencing the direction of the New Jersey political blogosphere. The exact method BNN uses to calculate influence scores must remain proprietary in order to prevent attempts to game the system. BNN’s methodology takes into account the fact that all Internet data is profoundly limited in its reliability by using multiple data sets that, when combined, reveal a fair picture of activity in the blogosphere.
NJ.com also had an entry about this on their site, and also pointed out that some site operators were upset about it, and didn’t feel there was any merit to them.
Huh? For starters, Hoboken411 is NOT a political site. It’s a site about life in our city. While there has been heavy coverage and discussion about our recent City and County elections, it only represents a small portion of what this is all about.
Frankly, I’m not sure what to think about this and what it even means. “Fred’s Blog” is number 5, for God’s sake! Heck, 411 could even be off the list next week, and probably will be. And I will not cry or get depressed if that happens. These things don’t affect me. I’m more excited that the Yankees have won nine straight games!
However, this does bring up a sincere question. Do you think as a whole, Hoboken411.com has had any influence in our city over the past year? Did it affect the outcome of the city council elections? The Board of Education elections? Parked cars? Dog droppings? Restaurants? Real Estate?
There’s no way to ever know for certain, but do you think it’s possible that the results of the 4th Ward elections would have been different if this site didn’t exist?
On a related note, this whole “we’re #1” concept brought back a funny memory from a David Letterman show many years ago. They had a funny segment called “New Gift Ideas”, and among funny gags like the “Civil Servant Mug”, which had an expression like “I’m dead wood but they can’t fire me!” on it, and the “Suicide organizer”, which helped people ready to kill themselves avoid that “Have I forgotten something” feeling before they pull the trigger, they had This “we’re number 17 foam finger”. It was a laugh riot.
Enjoy your weekend everyone. It’s gonna get warm!