: New: Milestone: 21 Million Hits

It's the site's 21 millionth hit! (As usual, this isn't as impressive a number as you might think at first: these "hits" include, e.g., one for each graphic on each page loaded, visits from search-engine crawler robots, etc etc. But it's a number that's easy to count, so that's what I count. Anyhow.) Let's take a look at the log - - [18/Aug/2012:18:41:10 -0400] "GET /departures/stl02/3361_city_museum_parking_lot_tm.jpg HTTP/1.1" 403 347 "http://www.google.com/search?q=city+museum+st+louis&hl=en&client=safari&tbo=d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=ixkwUL_BGaOG2gXyroG4DA&ved=0CC0Q_AUoAQ&biw=768&bih=928" "Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; CPU OS 5_1_1 like Mac OS X) Apple"

This was probably a human, not a robot! Wow, that's unusual. They were in the middle of a Google Image search, looking for a picture of the St Louis City Museum. That search might not have been working so well; my site served up a 403 error code. When I look up the IP address, this looks an SBC Global Customer in St Louis. Ah, the magic of the internet: folks in St Louis who want to see photos of St Louis awesome attraction The City Museum can look at a San Franciscan's travel photos.

Maybe that's an excuse to write about what Google Webmaster Tools has to say about people finding my site via image searches. But not much has changed since I wrote about that stuff a couple of years ago. I have a SOON meme that I didn't have back then and it gets some clicks... but I don't think I could write a whole blog post about that. So. So, something different.

I've been thinking about Twitter more since I started working there. So maybe to celebrate this milestone, I'll list the Twitter feeds which I "favorited" the most over the past couple of years, adjusting the ranking a bit to shove down feeds that post super-often. If you're a crazy stalker, you'll notice that I don't Twitter-follow many of these. (I can't imagine who other than a crazy stalker would notice this.) I follow most of these feeds in Google Reader, subscribing to them via the janky-but-eventually-effective follow-twit bookmarklet. (Did you think Mihai was the only one to read Twitter on Google Reader? Nah. He's just the most hardcore about it, is all.)

What? What's that you say? Enough with the rambling? I should say what the favorite Twitterererers are; that's much more interesting than nattering on about Twitter-reading tools. Yes. Behold:

Honorable mention: I subscribed to the @giant_robot twitter feed only because the excellent Giant Robot News site didn't have a regular feed. Over the last couple of years, I've favored (favorited? whatever) more @giant_robot tweets than I've favored any others. But while researching this blog post, I see that their news site has a regular feed now, so I'm switching to subscribing to that.

Tired. Tired. I could just have re-posted the SOON gopher and called it a day. Why didn't I do that? When will I learn?

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