Friday, March 31, 2006

Usage data for Google Notes

I must say, I'm pretty pleased with how well Google Notes is catching on. The graph below should give you a feel for how well it's doing.
Basically, the yellow dots (which look like a line) represent each new "account" created, where an account is a unique email & keyword combination. The blue dots represent the last time each account was updated.

In this three-month display (since Google Notes was launched) we can make some observations. First, in mid-February, Google added the module to their website list of 3rd party modules (, and that's when it really started to take off.

Next, there are over 5000 accounts, and about 20% of those are actively used. That is, about 4 in 5 users try the module and either (1) change one of their settings and never use the created account, or (2) remove the module either immediately or within a day or two.

We can also see two other groups of users, which I've marked off with faint green lines: There appears to be a set of users that make almost daily use of their notepad modules, and another set that uses their modules every few days to a week. As for myself, right now I probably fall into the latter category, but I think it's cool that the first category even exists.

At any rate, I just wanted to say thanks to all my users and share some of the success with you. I don't know how to specifically define success, but to me, it's just the feeling of "That's cool!" when I look at a graph of the usage data.


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