Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Da Vinci Code Quest / Google Fact Stats

Here are the GoogleFact blog stats for The Da Vinci Code Challenge (excluding today's 9,000+ hits) I know some of you were wondering about these numbers and others could care less.

I was asked to clarify the finalist status. Nobody has received any notice from Google. If they had, they would have posted the content of the email in one of the 400+ comments we had today or at least notified me via email. All we can do is wait right now, I imagine Google is trying to sort out the mess they are in with all of the problems they had today. I encountered 3 different error messages myself in the first 10 minutes after the puzzle's release today.

Here is what will probably happen, transparent to Da Vinci Quest players. Google will probably go back and look at logs and determine which 10,000 players were the fastest to finish the puzzles regardless of what messages were displayed. Whatever you do, don't let it bother you, it is only a game. Yes I know it's fun to win games, but there are a lot more important things to worry about in this life then this quest. So don't let the man (or in this case Google's lack of preparation) get you down.

Finally, I need to thank both WRfly10 and Kate for so kindly offering up their cryptex and also an opportunity to play phase 2 of the challenge. As I mentioned in a previous post, if I would have won the cryptex it probably would have ended up on Ebay, so go ahead and keep it guys, but I do appreciate the generousity and unselfish spirit. I would like to at least post the questions from the final challenge so do keep me informed as that process evolves.

This type of thoughtful unselfish giving is something that is rarely displayed in our modern day world. Everybody and everything is cut throat, take what you can get and get what you can take. We do not often consider others before ourselves or give gifts out of the kindness of our hearts, just for the sake of giving it (as opposed to giving a gift for a tax break or birthdays) So thank you for your example WRfly10 and Kate, I hope we can all learn something from your examples. Alright enough of the emotions, you were wanting some facts.
April 17th - May 9th  (Excluding the 
final challenge day, May 10th)

Total Visits: 72,344
Avg Daily Visits: 3,145

Pageviews: 188,911
Avg Daily Pageviews: 8,213

Unique Visitors: 60,208
Avg Daily Unique Vistors: 2,617

Browsers Visits
Internet Explorer 39009
Firefox 28393
Safari 3085
Opera 689
Netscape 555
Mozilla 377
Camino 174
gzip 34
Mozilla Compatible Agent13
Konqueror 6

Top Content Uniq. Views Pageviews
da-vinci-code-quest-solution-8-of-24.html 5167 7573
da-vinci-code-quest-solution-10-of-24.html 4756 6545
da-vinci-code-quest-solution-7-of-24.html 3607 5148
da-vinci-code-quest-solution-3-of-24.html 3539 5412
da-vinci-code-quest-solution-2-of-24.html 3432 4484
da-vinci-code-quest-solution-12-of-24.html 3188 5216
da-vinci-code-quest-solution-1-of-24.html 3119 3696

Geo Location

Country/Region/City P/Visit
United States 51196
United Kingdom 8838
Australia 4129
Canada 1859
India 413
Netherlands 354
Israel 306
New Zealand 270
Brazil 241
Portugal 228
Singapore 220
Mexico 219
(not set) 212
Ireland 211
France 210
Hong Kong 204
Malaysia 200
Germany 168
Argentina 168
Italy 147
Turkey 147
Sweden 130
Belgium 125
Denmark 118
Spain 112
Philippines 111
Taiwan 111
Korea Republic of 98
Russian Federation 90
Japan 82
Greece 78
Puerto Rico 67
Venezuela 65
Ukraine 63
Romania 63
Finland 62
Thailand 60
Switzerland 50
Chile 49
Czech Republic 49
Poland 45
United Arab Emirates 42
Egypt 35
Yugoslavia 35
Bulgaria 35
Peru 35
Lithuania 35
Colombia 32
Cyprus 29
Norway 29
Slovakia 27
Indonesia 25
Europe 24
Hungary 24
Satellite Provider 24
Jordan 20
South Africa 20
Slovenia 19
Bermuda 19
Macedonia 17
Dominican Republic 17
Austria 14
Costa Rica 14
Macau 12
Iceland 11
Bolivia 11
Malta 11
Guatemala 10
Bahrain 10
Croatia 9
Jamaica 9
Uruguay 9
Estonia 9
Virgin Islands U.S. 7
Oman 7
Iran Islamic Republic of 7
Azerbaijan 6
Bangladesh 5
El Salvador 5
Kuwait 5
Bosnia and Herzegovina 4
Latvia 4
Barbados 4
Sri Lanka 4
Fiji 3
Qatar 3
Syrian Arab Republic 3
Netherlands Antilles 3
Pakistan 3
Vietnam 3
Guam 3
Kenya 2
Andorra 2
Guyana 2
Anonymous Proxy 2
Saudi Arabia 2
Trinidad and Tobago 2
Palestinian Territory 2
Brunei Darussalam 1
Algeria 1
Luxembourg 1
Sierra Leone 1
Lebanon 1
Nigeria 1
Morocco 1
Cameroon 1
Cambodia 1
Panama 1
Nicaragua 1

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At 5/10/2006 8:01 PM, Blogger Jer said...

Great job with the contest. Much appreciation!

At 5/10/2006 8:04 PM, Blogger Tam said...

The game is over, but I just want to say thanks for your efforts. I didn't use your keys, but checked several times to see if my puzzle was different from the others. Your info for the last day was great- with all the technical hassles, it was good to know that one is not alone. Until the next round, what are you going to put here? Ready for another game?

At 5/10/2006 8:06 PM, Blogger CatBGone said...

From the official Rules page;

Notification: Phase 1: Finalists will be notified by email on or about May 15, 2006 and at time of receipt of their Finalist Prize which will be shipped by postal mail to be received by May 18, 2006. If the Finalist Prize or email notification to a particular Finalist is returned as undeliverable, or if he/she is found to be ineligible to participate in the Final Phase, and/or is deemed not to have complied with these Official Rules, such Finalist will be disqualified, and time permitting, the participant with the next earliest time-stamp will be permitted to participate in the Final Phase.

Final Phase: Grand Prize winner will be notified by phone between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. EDT on May 26, 2006, at the telephone number provided on his/her Official Contest Entry. If the potential Grand Prize winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been exerted (within three (3) phone call attempts for the Grand Prize winner), if he/she is found to be ineligible, and/or does not comply with these Official Rules, potential Grand Prize winner will be disqualified, and the participant with the next earliest time-stamp may be declared the potential Grand Prize winner.

At 5/10/2006 10:08 PM, Blogger renszarvas said...

Thank you to everybody who posted puzzle comments/answers! I enjoyed checking in daily to see "what's up" today. Special thanks for posting the number of participants from around the world! I played in "US colors", but initially I am from Hungary, so it warmed my heart that a few of my copatriots played along as well. Even though I don't think that I will receive any prize, I really enjoyed the game. It's great to know, however, that at least one cryptix will be up for grabs on eBay! It probably will sell for less than this:$ales.htm?id=marymik

At 5/11/2006 12:41 AM, Blogger allyson said...

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At 5/11/2006 12:45 AM, Blogger allyson said...

Thanks so much googlefact for maintaining this blog. I really enjoyed coming here after the puzzles to see what everyone else was receiving. I cannot wait to find out who wins the grand 1099 ... um.... er... prize!


At 5/11/2006 5:48 AM, Blogger becca said...

One other note from the official rules page:
Even if the Module Page indicates that you solved all 24 Daily Puzzles, you are NOT a Finalist unless you have been notified by Sponsor to such effect.

And since the Sponsor won't be sending out emails until May 15, as declared in the official rules, nobody knows yet whether or not they are a finalist. Just wanted to clarify things. I did receive the confirmation page that I was registered, and am anxiously awaiting May 15 to see if I was quick enough.

At 5/11/2006 7:38 AM, Blogger ramudu said...

googlefact - great job hosting this blog. I've had great fun solving the Da Vinci puzzles (and picking up answers, in some cases from the comments here).

At 5/11/2006 8:22 AM, Blogger Tezi said...

Hi, Love your blog. Great job hosting the blog for the contest. Appreciate it

At 5/11/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Farragoulash said...

>>the participant with the next earliest time-stamp may be declared the potential Grand Prize winner.

So whoever completed the final puzzle the quickest wins the grand prize? I thought it would be a random draw among the final 10,000.

At 5/11/2006 11:53 AM, Blogger legaleagll said...

I got the following message when I go to

Congratulations! It appears that you have received our message and have completed all 24 puzzles. In order to reach the end of the Quest and be rewarded with untold riches you must quickly and correctly complete the Final Challenge.

The one to complete the Final Challenge in the least amount of time will be our chosen one. Beginning at 1pm EDT on May 19th, the final challenge, which is a time trial, will be made available to you for 48 hours. You can begin whenever you like, but prepare well, for once you begin there is no turning back. The player who completes all five tasks in the shortest amount of time will be declared the winner.

I'm not sure that this means anything or not. I didn't receive an e-mail, I just went to that page.

At 5/11/2006 12:12 PM, Blogger -tg- said...

yeah i got the same message at the page about the final challenge

and on my other google account where i only did some of the puzzles the message says:

Thank you for participating in The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google.

We’re sorry, but in order to compete in the Final Challenge you must have completed the previous 24 puzzles correctly and registered prior to 1pm (EST) on May 11th.

The Da Vinci Code is in theaters worldwide May 19th.

dont know if that means anything

At 5/18/2006 2:15 AM, Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

How do you get all of your stats? Do you have some kind of site tracker generator?
I'd love to know.


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