The patterns are broadly the same as last year, so I won’t belabor the obvious. A few high level thoughts:
- I think user growth is roughly linear, not polynomial or exponential, but it’s hard to say. It looks like it’s a bunch of small asymptotic curves, each one started by a PR boost somewhere or other. In any case, we’re adding ~150 users per month right now.
- Response and webmention volume, on the other hand, seem to be at least superlinear, if not exponential.
- Publish usage has surpassed blog webmentions, even despite my recent misgivings.
- Having said that, listen (aka backfeed) is still comfortably the most popular feature.
- Twitter and Facebook are still comfortably the most popular silos.
- Bridgy costs about $0.02/user/month to run right now. That’s all kinds of oversimplified, of course – most of that is for listen, not publish or blog webmentions, and most of that is for active users, since we only poll inactive users once a day – but still, assuming those ratios don’t change too much, it’s still useful for capacity planning.
Methodology for generating the stats: download Bridgy’s latest
datastore backup, run
on it, import the output file into
this public spreadsheet,
and use it to generate the graphs.