The new ‘Most Popular Now’ features reveal which stories people are reading and e-mailing to their friends, which video clips they are watching, and how this changes minute-by-minute through the day.
Data is collected via a piece of code placed on every page within the BBC News site. Information is collected and processed in real time by the BBC News Live Stats system.
This system has been developed within the BBC News Interactive Development team.
The most read and e-mailed module appears on the front page and every story within the News site.
The modules on the UK edition reflect the activity on the UK edition, whereas the modules on the international edition reflect the behaviour of users of that site. Both are updated in real time.
The Most Popular Now page provides a wide range of additional information.
The world map allows you see which stories are generating the most interest in different regions of the world. Clicking on a continent will automatically reorder the top 10. Again, this is captured in real time.
The shading on the map represents the relative traffic level for the particular continent and not traffic differences between continents.
The traffic difference is calculated against the recent traffic average for that time of day. The real time traffic monitor indicates in percentage terms to extent to which it is a busy or quiet news day.
The other tabs in this area provide a seven day archive of stories read and videos watched by section together with a up-to-date profile of traffic that day and the previous day.
No personally identifiable information is stored by the system. IP addresses are immediately converted to the matching country and the IP record is deleted. Data is stored in the system for a maximum of 24 hours. Visit at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/help/5065806.stm