This story shows the power of Twitter and how you should always be prepared for major traffic spikes.
Last night, in the beginning of the evening, @michielb twittered that he made a list of most used Twitter clients. I thought it looked pretty cool and asked him if that was measured by unique users or total tweets. He said it was by amount of tweets, to which I responded I’d like to know which clients users twittered the most, eg. which client makes twittering the easiest.
Twitter addicts, check the cool stats @michielb made, ranking twitter clients: http://cli.gs/bPdnqP twitterberry users are most active :)
This tweet got retweeted a couple of times, resulting in a total of 84 clicks towards the list, of which 66 by humans, as counted by my favorite URL shortener of the moment: cli.gs. A couple of minutes later, Michiel tweeted to me that he was getting an enormous amount of traffic through StumbleUpon, as shown by this traffic stat:
Within a couple of hours of this happening, the list made it to TechCrunch. How’s that for Twitter power?
Michiel followed up on the whole story with a blog post of his own, reflecting the lessons learned in this small experiment: the navigation on that list was poor, he didn’t get anything out of it other than some visitors to his page, where he could have been promoting his awesome web-based twitterclient Twitstat. So, if you make cool, unique content like Michiel did, make sure you prepare to get something out of it if it hits the major (tech-)news sites!