STC Conference: Geoff Sauer on tc.eserver.org, the Largest Tech Comm Index Online

Geoff is one of the founders of tc.eserver.org – the largest online index for all works related to technical communication. The library indexes works by technical communicators in dozens of categories, and allows users to add new works, rank them, and get RSS feeds of specific topics. There are over 25,000 RSS feeds generated on the site and 15,000 visitors each day. Tc.eserver.org is five times as popular as stc.org. Geoff also shares an upcoming bibliography feature the site will soon have. Overall this is a very cool site – see if anything you wrote (either an article, blog post, or podcast) is already indexed in the library.

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2 thoughts on “STC Conference: Geoff Sauer on tc.eserver.org, the Largest Tech Comm Index Online

  1. Geoff Sauer

    I feel silly posting the first comment to Tom’s interview with me, but I’ve just listened to it, and wanted to post three items to support one of my assertions in the interview. In the interview I claim that the EServer TC Library is the most popular website in the field, but don’t provide any evidence or support for the claim. If you’re skeptical, that’s understandable. But I thought I’d post three URL addresses which lead me to draw this conclusion.

    The first is the TC Library’s log analysis, which runs hourly. You can find it at: http://tc.eserver.org/about/recent.lasso . As of right now, it’s showing us as serving 16,270 visitors per day. If you can find another tech comm website with data that suggest a larger readership, I’d be very interested to see them.

    The second is Alexa’s list of popular sites in the “Technical Writing” category. Alexa is a division of Amazon which tracks website usage, and provides readership data, ratings and reviews of websites. To the right you can clearly see the EServer TC Library listed at the top, above the STC and TECHWR-L websites.

    The third is a detailed chart generated by Alexa, comparing the TC Library with stc.org, techwr-l.com, attw.org and cptsc.org. Alexa’s Reach, Rank and Page Views charts all show slightly different results, but from these charts the TC Library is clearly four to five times more popular than its closest competitor. The URL for this set of charts is long, but there’s a pointer to it at http://tc.eserver.org/about/alexa.html which will take you directly to their chart.

    So. If you’re skeptical about my claim to popularity, please check my evidence. I’m not speaking entirely from bravura, as it may sound in the interview. :)

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