Delphi Blogs Readers

It’s always interesting to know where the Delphi developers are and if there are areas with high concentrations compared to some “desertic” ones.
I don’t have access to Embarcadero’s propretary market information, but I have something which also interests me more directly: information about my blog’s readership.Not so much thanks to the WordPress plug-in displaying a little flag showing the (more or less accurate) country based on the IP address used to leave a comment. Too small and unrepresentative of a sample.

No, for broader readership statistics, I installed the Visitor Locations widgets from ClustrMaps. I had spotted it on Chris Bensen’s blog a long time ago and liked it. It aggregates within a given distance the number of individual visits to a web site and displays that as red dots of different sizes on a map. Of course, it is only as accurate as the IP address can provide a specific location…

From the map displayed above, it seems that I have way more readers in Europe than in the US. This can very easily be verified as ClustrMaps provide the totals by Country.

    Current Country Totals From 21 Sep 2010 to 4 Nov 2010
  1. Germany (DE) 587
  2. United States (US) 579
  3. United Kingdom (GB) 191
  4. Netherlands (NL) 163
  5. France (FR) 154
  6. Canada (CA) 149
  7. Australia (AU) 134
  8. Brazil (BR) 123
  9. Italy (IT) 116
  10. Sweden (SE) 103
  11. Russian Federation (RU) 92
  12. Spain (ES) 83
  13. Poland (PL) 65
  14. Norway (NO) 61
  15. Slovenia (SI) 59
  16. Belgium (BE) 57
  17. Austria (AT) 47
  18. Denmark (DK) 46
  19. Ukraine (UA) 42
  20. New Zealand (NZ) 42
  21. Finland (FI) 35
  22. South Africa (ZA) 35
  23. Bulgaria (BG) 34
  24. Singapore (SG) 34
  25. Switzerland (CH) 31
  26. China (CN) 31
  27. Czech Republic (CZ) 30
  28. Greece (GR) 30

Germany alone is even ahead of the US. And the total for all the E.U. countries is more than for the rest of the world; the following table showing the number per country with a running total (21 Sep 2010 to 4 Nov 2010).

E.U. # outside E.U. #
Germany (DE) 587 587
587 United States (US) 579 579
United Kingdom (GB) 191 778 579
Netherlands (NL) 163 941 579
France (FR) 154 1,095 579
1,095 Canada (CA) 149 728
1,095 Australia (AU) 134 862
1,095 Brazil (BR) 123 985
Italy (IT) 116 1,211 985
Sweden (SE) 103 1,314 985
1,314 Russian Federation(RU) 92 1,077
Spain (ES) 83 1,397 1,077
Poland (PL) 65 1,462 1,077
1,462 Norway (NO) 61 1,138
Slovenia (SI) 59 1,521 1,138
Belgium (BE) 57 1,578 1,138
Austria (AT) 47 1,625 1,138
Denmark (DK) 46 1,671 1,138
1,671 Ukraine (UA) 42 1,180
1,671 New Zealand (NZ) 42 1,222
Finland (FI) 35 1,706 1,222
1,706 South Africa (ZA) 35 1,257
Bulgaria (BG) 34 1,740 1,257
1,740 Singapore (SG) 34 1,291
1,740 Switzerland (CH) 31 1,322
1,740 China (CN) 31 1,353
Czech Republic (CZ) 30 1,770 1,353
Greece (GR) 30 1,800 1,353

One might object that my blog being fairly new, those numbers are not yet significant. Fair enough. Looking at other blogs with recent posts and also using ClustrMaps indeed validates this prominence of European readers, even if slightly less so in the case of Chris Bensens’s blog where the sum of 2 E.U. countries does not quite reach the U.S. number.

Daniele Teti’s blog totals (30 Apr 2010 to 22 Oct 2010):

E.U. # outside E.U. #
United States (US) 1,102 1,102
Germany (DE) 1,001 1,001 1,102
Italy (IT) 932 1,933 1,102


Chris Bensen’s blog totals (8 Aug 2010 to 4 Nov 2010):

E.U. # outside E.U. #
United States (US) 1,873 1,873
Germany (DE) 1,158 1,158 1,873
United Kingdom (GB) 602 1,760 1,873

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18 Responses to Delphi Blogs Readers

  1. Hello, on my blog I use http://www.hitslink.com for tracking…

    • François Gaillard says:

      I see 2 main advantages with ClustrMaps:
      - it’s free, as in beer…
      - it allows the readers to see the map and the numbers if they’re interested. That’s what I did as a reader on Chris Bensens’ blog back in the day.

  2. Andrew Scott says:

    Interesting. It would also be nice to see the results displayed on a per capita basis as well.

    • François Gaillard says:

      Hmm. Do you mean like dividing those numbers by the global population as per the last census for each country? (I don’t believe I could get other numbers)
      It would be great to have somehow the number of overall developers by country…

      • Andrew Scott says:

        Exactly.
        Having the overall number of developers by country would be even more precise but I believe using general population data would give a fairly close estimate. Results displayed this way show popularity rather than quantity. Hard to display on a cluster map though.

  3. Ralf says:

    Germany is almost every year world export champion. Besides USA and China. We simply use best tools for the job. ;-)

  4. Luke Miller says:

    Does that include those who read your blog via DelphiFeeds?

  5. Very interesting post! Thanks!
    And yes, it sure includes the DelphiFeed readers. I’m one of them! :-)

    Best regards

  6. Alvaro Dalloz says:

    That’s interesting …

    I bet I am the little dot near to Africa’s coast

    :-)

    Regards from Canary Islands

  7. Jolyon Smith says:

    My ClustrMaps stats are slightly different (August 2010 to Octoboer 2010):

    Germany is still up there with 703 but the US pips them to the #1 slot with 904.

    Also worth noting is that New Zealand ranks 10th in my stats (171), far, far higher than in yours. This perhaps reflects the fact that my blog is itself located in NZ (unsurprising since that is where I live :) ).

    Although the interweb is a global phenomenon, there may still be local effects.

    • François Gaillard says:

      Right, I forgot you had ClustrMaps also… (that’s what you get for not posting since August :-P ).
      I would have pulled your numbers as well.
      You’re in between Daniele and Chris: US is #1 but Germany+UK(1090) > US(904).
      And there certainly are some local influences. Another influence might be native language or not (or ease with English).

  8. Wouter says:

    Ok, added a column with the population size, taken from here:
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2119.html

    It’s a small sample size, but with this dataset, Delphi seems to be very popular in Slovenia. 29 out of every million inhabitants has visited.

    Only 2 out of every 100 million Chinese managed to surpass the great firewall.

    Country Visitors Population Per million
    Slovenia (SI) 59 2003136 29,45
    Norway (NO) 61 4676305 13,04
    Sweden (SE) 103 9074055 11,35
    New Zealand (NZ) 42 4252277 9,88
    Netherlands (NL) 163 16783092 9,71
    Denmark (DK) 46 5515575 8,34
    Singapore (SG) 34 4701069 7,23
    Germany (DE) 587 82282988 7,13
    Finland (FI) 35 5255068 6,66
    Australia (AU) 134 21515754 6,23
    Austria (AT) 47 8214160 5,72
    Belgium (BE) 57 10423493 5,47
    Bulgaria (BG) 34 7148785 4,76
    Canada (CA) 149 33759742 4,41
    Switzerland (CH) 31 7623438 4,07
    United Kingdom (GB) 191 62348447 3,06
    Czech Republic (CZ) 30 10201707 2,94
    Greece (GR) 30 10749943 2,79
    France (FR) 154 64768389 2,38
    Italy (IT) 116 58090681 2,00
    United States (US) 579 310232863 1,87
    Spain (ES) 83 46505963 1,78
    Poland (PL) 65 38463689 1,69
    Ukraine (UA) 42 45415596 0,92
    South Africa (ZA) 35 49109107 0,71
    Russian Federation (RU) 92 92 139390205 0,66
    Brazil (BR) 123 201103330 0,61
    China (CN) 31 1330141295 0,02

  9. just shooting from the hip, Brasil is somehow underrated. I wrote a couple Delphi / Interbase tutorials, a couple of years ago, and they were nearly at the pole position even for the downloads from my French site (I log every download IP and analyze the geolocation of those since 2001). Granted, this is the analysis of my site only, but looking at their conferences, sites, I still think they are an inch higher in the ranking…

  10. Shane says:

    Doesn’t surprise me! The interested in Delphi in the U.S. has slowly declined because of the fact that Embarcadero charges (maintenance fees and upgrade prices) way too much for their products! We as a company had been using Delphi since its inception in 1995. Last year, we began the slow transition of everything to JAVA. We started a whole Java team, and are now down to 2 delphi programmers who maintain the legacy products. These products were last updated with Delphi 7. Although we have upgraded our delphi plicenses since then …..al the way to Delphi 2010…….we have no plans of ever doing another upgrade. We have said goodbye to Delphi.

    I remember the day when everything was Delphi, here in the U.S.
    I remember when there were books galore, magazines, and web pages related to delphi component repositories. I remember when there were pages related solely to Delphi jobs!

    Its all gone now…..and soon, embarcadero will be gone, unless they get their act together.

    Shane

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