So the other day, someone reshared my problem from a little while ago, probably about just over a month. When I checked the number of views, it was at 5000! With only 10 Reshares!

My most popular problem, which I posted atleast 5 months ago, (I can't remember, it's been a long time) has 120 ish reshares, and 8500 views. In 1/5 the time, with 1/12 the reshares, the problem which I posted more recently got over half as many views as my problem from a while ago.

Keep it up Brilliant!

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TopNewestThat's an interesting metric to use for comparison. The problems appear to be of comparable difficulty, so we can't use that variable to explain away the remarkable difference in the solver-to-reshare ratio. The like-to-reshare ratio is comparable as well. Brilliant is going strong, and deservedly so, but there is also the "Calvin Effect" to consider, i.e., when Calvin Lin, with his zillion-and-one followers, reshares a problem, it essentially goes viral. To paraphrase Orwell, all reshares are equal, but some are more equal than others. So there's a chance the more recent question benefitted from this phenomenon......

Geez Louise, I can be way too objective, (euphemism for skeptical), for my own good, huh?! However, now that you've made this observation I have yet another indicator to keep my eye on. Thanks for that, Trevor. :P

And yes, I concur: Keep it up Brilliant!

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I do not have a zillion and one followers... I would love to have a million and one followers though. That should be much easier to attain.

We try and set things up so that if you write a great problem that interests people, then more people will see it and like it. Also, sometimes problems go viral outside of Brilliant.

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I also remember the time when you had 2000 followers, and that was considered a huge amount. This tells us that over the past 6 months or so, Brilliant audience has essentially multiplied by a factor of 5.

Anyways I'll always have half as many followers as you do... not sure if that's something to be happy about or sad about though.

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$\ddot\smile$

However it didn't really feel like I tried any more harder than any other ambitious Brilliantian. I was just at the right place at the right time. Kind of like Pewdiepie with his #1 most subscribed on Youtube achievement, I guess. But yea, I should feel really happy about this, and I amLog in to reply

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Haha. Wait, doesn't it go "ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, zillions"? :) Exaggerations aside, I can see you having $100,001$ followers by 2020. That would represent an exponential rate of growth of about $r = 0.46$, which doesn't seem too far-fetched.

The "facebook Effect" is another major factor, particularly for lower level problems. For example, for one level 1 problem that I posted a solution for about 4 months ago, when it was featured on the Brilliant facebook page the numbers of solvers, likes and upvotes took off like a rocket. It now has 133 likes, 73 reshares and 7009 solvers, with a 45% solve rate. This seems more in line with the first question Trevor mentions, but there is still so much variation between the three I don't know what conclusions can be made, other than that there has been a lot of activity the last few months. I've seen a few of my higher level problems featured on facebook and through e-mails, and although there was a noticeable boost in the counts it was modest by comparison with the likes of the question noted above.

It's all good, though; 1,500,000 facebook page likes and over 5000 new ones a week are pretty impressive statistics. :)

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:)

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Why did you tag it with #easymoney??

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I hashtag all my posts with #easymoney

This is so that if I want to see explicitly my posts and my friends posts (not the problems we reshare) we just type #easymoney into the search box and we get all the results, since no one else uses it.

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