July 21, 2016
Downloads vs. Vizzes - Why aren’t people sharing their Makeover Monday creations?
A couple weeks ago, I started using a shortlink service for the links to the Makeover Monday data sets. Each week I publish both a flat file (Excel or CSV) and a Tableau Extract. When Andy and I started this, we figured a TDE would be the easiest way for people to start. But I was wrong…well, that’s assuming the last 2 weeks are representative of every week.
To our surprise, people are using the Excel files at about a 2-to-1 rate to the TDE. That was surprising enough; I just assumed people would use the TDE because it’s simpler.
And look at those download numbers! 285 people downloaded the week 28 data and 219 have downloaded week 29 (as of this writing). I combined that with the number of vizzes uploaded to Twitter for those weeks and tagged #MakeoverMonday.
Yes, you’re seeing the same thing I am. We are getting an incredible number of submissions, but pretty small compared to the number of downloads. To give the situation a bit more context, consider this visualisation:
I’m curious. Who are these people that are downloading the data, yet not sharing their work? Do you have any ideas as to why aren’t they sharing their work? I don’t have the answer. I’m hoping you, the Community, can help explain this. What can we do to encourage more people to share their work? Are we doing anything that may be putting them off?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you!