Posts tagged: Spokane news
In case you wondered. Last week's dramatic events involving a chase of a felon who shot two Spokane deputies was a big deal with area online news companies.
We asked how much those events affected the companies' news sites.
Here's what we learned, based on self-reported numbers. (We don't subscribe to the tracker sites that can scoop recent data, for a fairly high fee.)
KXLY.com reported an 83 percent spike in unique visitors for that Tuesday, compared with other Tuesday.
KHQ.com (also owned by the same company that owns The Spokesman-Review) reported a 9 percent total spike in unique visitors, over the Tuesday site average.
Spokesman.com reported a 12 percent hike in unique visitors above the Tuesday daily average.
KREM did not respond to an invitation to provide numbers.
Generally, OfficeHours really likes good data visualizations. We were heartened to see that LATimes.com runs word and concept diagrams on many search terms. So this is the relationship chart at LATimes.com for the word Spokane.
We don't really get it, however. Whatever the system is, the results are a grab-bag of uncertain connections.
We certainly hoped there would be some connection between Spokane and a number of stellar athletes, say, Jeremy Lin. But all we see are some expected links — John Stockton, being obvious. Who's Aaron Gray? (Jordan Farmar? Doesn't he play hoop, but using his name here won't generate any hits, not the way Jeremy Lin does.)
The celebrity bubble produced three names: Dylan, Bon Iver and Chuck D. I'll give a $3 Starbucks card to the first person who can establish why the The Times site links those three with “Spokane.”