The Map Room’s Top 2009 Entries

Here are The Map Room’s top ten entries for 2009, based on unique page views:

  1. Review: Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit (March 30, 2009)
  2. Italian Earthquake (April 6, 2009)
  3. Google Earth: Live Mars Imagery and More (March 18, 2009)
  4. “Dead Pixel in Google Earth” (March 29, 2009)
  5. Mapping the Taliban in Pakistan (April 26, 2009)
  6. Al Franken, Cartographer (July 7, 2009)
  7. Growth in Las Vegas (February 28, 2009)
  8. More Foreclosure Maps (March 5, 2009)
  9. iPhoto, Geotagging, GPS and the Mac: A Post-Macworld Roundup (January 28, 2009)
  10. Egypt Allows GPS (April 14, 2009)

Some caveats: obviously, entries from earlier in the year have an advantage over those from last week; also, these rankings are based on data from Google Analytics, which I didn’t start using until February. These data do not capture views from people who read the entries on the main page or through the RSS feed without clicking through to the individual entry page.

It’s still interesting to see which entries got more attention. The number-one entry — my review of Nikon’s GP-1 geotagger for its digital SLRs — got four times as many page views as entries seven through ten.

Older pages still got substantial page views: taking all pages into account, Egypt Allows GPS would have come in 47th, not 10th. The main index page was (obviously) the most frequently viewed; for some reason, my September 2007 entry, Custom Icons for Google Maps, was still the most popular individual entry. The Art category archive received more uniques than the Italian Earthquake entry, as did this now-very-dated entry on iPhone navigation apps from August 2008 and this entry on light pollution maps from February 2008. Old entries have staying power.