The WMF Research team has published a new pageview report of inbound
traffic coming from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit.
The report contains a list of all articles that received at least 500 views
from one or more of these platforms (i.e. someone clicked a link on Twitter
that sent them directly to a Wikipedia article). The report is available
on-wiki and will be updated daily at around 14:00 UTC with traffic counts
from the previous calendar day.
We believe this report provides editors with a valuable new information
source. Daily inbound social media traffic stats can help editors monitor
edits to articles that are going viral on social media sites and/or are
being linked to by the social media platform itself in order to fact-check
disinformation and other controversial content.
The social media traffic report also contains additional public article
metadata that may be useful in the context of monitoring articles that are
receiving unexpected attention from social media sites, such as...
- the total number of pageviews (from all sources) that article received
in the same period of time
- the number of pageviews the article received from the same platform
(e.g. Facebook) the previous day (two days ago)
- the number of editors who have the page on their watchlist
- the number of editors who have watchlisted the page AND recently
We want your feedback! We have some ideas of our own for how to improve the
report, but we want to hear yours! If you have feature suggestions, please
add them here. We intend to maintain this daily report for at least the
next two months. If we receive feedback that the report is useful, we are
considering making it available indefinitely.
If you have other questions about the report, please first check out our
(still growing) FAQ . All questions, comments, concerns, ideas, etc. are
welcome on the project talkpage on Meta.
Jonathan T. Morgan
Senior Design Researcher
User:Jmorgan (WMF) <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jmorgan_(WMF)>
*Please note that I do not expect a response from you on evenings or