5 years of iPad Insight
On January 27, 2010 Steve Jobs announced the original iPad. On January 29, the first post on this site was published – there’s a snippet of it in the image above.
Wow. There’s that saying about how time flies when you’re having fun. I guess I’ve had way too much fun then, because these 5 years have flown by. I was fascinated by the iPad right from the start, and had a feeling it might be my ideal mobile device – and I was already a big-time mobile geek. It lived up to and exceeded all my expectations – and I’ve enjoyed the heck out of using it, singing its praises and showing off its magic to family, friends, work colleagues, and anyone who would allow me to in person. Needless to say, writing about it here on a daily basis has been a great, great pleasure.
Over the years, I’ve posted quite a few times on ‘Crazy iPad Numbers’ – units sold, market share dominance, and more. Today I’ll share some crazy iPad Insight numbers racked up over these first 5 years:
— Over 5,000 posts
— Over 13,000 comments – and nearly 1.5 million spam comments blocked (yuck)
— Over 28 million page views
— 44% of visitor sessions from the iOS operating system coming in as Number 1 by some distance – followed by Windows as the second biggest, and we even have 2.35% from Android OS
— 50.58% of visitors from the US – I love that right about half have been from outside the US
— Male 54.5% – it’s good to see a fairly decent balance on this demographic too
— We’re a featured site on Flipboard and average close to 100,000 monthly active users there
— Our Google+ site page has had over 20 million views
Ok, enough of those. As a small gesture to try to express BIG gratitude to all of you who are iPad Insight readers – we’ll giveaway a new iPad Air 2 next Monday, February 2. Hit the break for details on how to enter for a chance to win that …
iPad Air 2 Giveaway
To Be Won: One new 16GB WiFi iPad Air 2
Deadline for Entries: Monday February 2, 2:00PM US Central
How to Enter for a Chance to Win:
It’s simple – add a comment to this post.
But … please note a few requirements for your comment to qualify and a suggestion or two:
Comments need to be 25 words or more
No comments along the lines of “Pick me” or “I’m in” will be counted, even if they meet the number of words criteria
We’ll give more weight to comments that are on the subject of things you like about iPad Insight or want to see more of, things you would like to see improved, any favorite individual articles or categories from our 5,000 post archives, or anything about how long you’ve been a reader here and why.
A winner will be chosen from among any comments made by the February 2 deadline. Our choice will be entirely subjective, based on our view of who had the most impressive and/or useful comment.
We’ll announce the winner Monday evening.
I’d Like to thank my director, the producer, my agent, my deputy editor dogs …
At the risk of coming off like a terribly over-the-top awards show speech, I’ve got 5 years worth of gratitude built up and a lot of thank yous to dole out. Here we go:
Thanks to all the excellent writers who have written for the site over the years, most of them on a purely volunteer basis – especially to Alicia Bankhofer, Beth Elderkin, James Potter, Henry T, Rob Renk, F’reez, Sheila Bigel, our newest iPad games reviewer – Marc Luoma, and most of all to my long-time colleague, Thomas Wong.
Thanks to all of our site sponsors and all the great app developers and accessory makers who we’ve collaborated with over these years, and who have offered up some great giveaways to readers. There are toom many to list here, but I’ll offer a shout-out to Mobile Cloth and Macphun in particular.
Thanks to Rackspace and WP Engine – I’ve been lucky enough to work with two world-class hosting companies while running iPad Insight.
And of course thanks to all of you – who have visited the site, read our articles, commented and discussed those with us on the site or on social networks, and shared our content. Without you, this site doesn’t last 5 days, never mind 5 years.
Last, and absolutely not least, thanks to my two wonderful and faithful Deputy Editor Dogs. During these 5 years my only two office companions have been two Labradors. Newton, a white Lab who passed away back in the early months of the site, and Baz (that’s him in the photo above) – my enormous black Lab who has followed in his paw prints ever since then.
I’m looking forward to the next 5.