The Shark Fin Conjecture

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This is what happened to my traffic thanks to a recent post which hit the Hacker News frontpage:

Shark Fin Conjecture
Shark Fin Conjecture

It's a pretty familiar shape, isn't it? I propose we all start to call the temporary large boost in traffic gained from hitting the front page of news sites a shark fin. They are usually created from the massive amount of traffic gained from the first day the article is popular, along with some residual traffic from the article being up part of the second day. If you're lucky and can keep users moving around your website, you should see an overall increase in traffic after the fame is over with (which, as you can see, I had none).

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Thomas has contributed to dozens of enterprise Node.js services and has worked for a company dedicated to securing Node.js. He has spoken at several conferences on Node.js and JavaScript and is an O'Reilly published author.