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First - this is taken from http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/109714/nate-silver-the-times%E...

Second (as is clear from source article but, once more): via https://twitter.com/JanetCoats/status/265925450696642561

@fivethirtyeight did not account for 20% of NYT traffic; 20% of visitors to NYT looked at 538. Big difference, my math-challenged friends.

The New Republic is a better source, so I submitted a new discussion here: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4751278

Mashable, in this instance, is just rushed and plainly false blog-spam. According to them, FiveThirtyEight "accounted for 20% of all visits to the New York Times website," probably implying page views. The original article says 20% of visitors to the New York Times website also visited the FiveThirtyEight blog.

yes, but as @bdbreedlove mentions, "NYT must have some goddamn impressive stickyness for that not to be a very similar number."

Many people check out a news site a few times a day, so it's hard to tell. Either way, it's impressive.

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