Top New Zealand Facebook Pages

Hi all,

Just looking to build a list of the top New Zealand facebook pages by fan count. It’s somewhat of a manual task, so feel free to leave a comment with ones you think should be on the list.

I’ll start with these ones:

These fan number are as at 30/10/2010.

Do you know of any others with decent fan numbers?

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Trademe Epic Outage

Tonight the unthinkable for a lot of online New Zealanders happened. Trademe went down

trademe outage

In reply to this, twitter kicked into life:

trademe twitter

Will this rock the reliance on such a giant?
Somehow I don’t think so. Picture if Google had an outage for a few hours. Would people stop using it? Probably not.

However in recent weeks has increased their presence by partnering up as an online auction component for the Big Night In telethon. What’s the chances of sella picking up some of these disgruntled trademe users?

What’s your thoughts?

No Comments » – How not to launch your site

A little while ago I signed up to recieve emails from  – a competitor. 

Anyway like the early days of 1-day, 3deals has fallen short. Either the servers not responding and dishing up a 404 error page or the page is not there so returning a 404.


Things you should do:


  1. Make sure you can handle the influx of traffic. Majority of it is going to hit straight away
  2. Make sure your site works!

BTW: Awesome thanks, now that the site loaded, i’ve missed out on getting an iPod for $1. Hopefully the site holds up better tomorrow.


Event Tracking Reports without Beta Test Activation in Google Analytics

Looking into Event Tracking through Google Analytics opens the doors for some very unique and very cool new features. However, Event Tracking is still in beta and only available through only a select few accounts. Making testing & implementation recommendations difficult. However there is a way around this by simply manually adjusting the url when viewing reports.

Tracking Code Implementation

Firstly, implement the event tracking code on events within you site. When deciding on what actions to track, the skys the limit. From tracking lightbox triggers, external links and actions within a flash file. Event tracking can be made to fit a number of required tracking metrics.

Now To view the reporting here’s what you need to do: 

  1.  Login to analytics and view the dashboard of the account that you want to view the event reports on
  2. View a specific report, such as the “traffic source” report
  3. Modifying the start of the url to: followed by the string of variables. As below:

Event Tracking Report Url

now you can view all the tracked events…

Event Tracking Report


Online Archive, Not Just a Search Rank Checker

Ok, after my previous post and looking at things a bit more. I’ve decided to make the search rank checking tool even more of a knowledge base to help track proceedings over time.

The aim now is to include archiving of:

  • Rankings in search results
  • Number of pages indexed in the different search engines
  • Google Page Rank
  • Back link numbers from Google and Yahoo!

Might also look at lower quality metrics such as alexa ranking.

Is there anything you’d recommend archiving?