TPE usage patterns

Here’s a quick insight into some recent usage patterns we’ve seen across all versions of TPE (Desktop, iOS, Android).

The graph below shows the number of calls to GeoNames web services made by TPE users. These calls are made, for example, when you search for a new location, move the map pin to a new location, or move the secondary map pin. At these times, we call to GeoNames to determine things like place names, elevation above sea level and time zone.

The blue line is the total number of requests, and the red line the total number of credits used. You can ignore the red line and focus on the blue line:

Geonames stats

No surprise that most of you plan or actually perform your photography at the weekends: we always see the highest usage at the weekend and the lowest (typically) in the early part of the week (Monday or Tuesday). That’s why we try to schedule releases of updates early in the week: if anything were to go awry, the fewest users would be affected. (That’s the theory at least!)

We saw a significant usage spike (in fact, our seventh biggest day ever) on the Monday when we released the 2.4 update to TPE for iOS, which added back Google Maps. Clearly a good number of your were interested to try that out. Also, we’d pre-announced the update and the release timing here on the blog, so users knew when to expect it.

Finally, we saw another mid-week spike this week, coinciding with the Full Moon. This is another recurring pattern we see: a monthly spike (more or less) that coincides with the full moon (or the day ahead of full moon).

In fact, all of our top five biggest usage days have be associated with moon events: super moon, especially, and lunar eclipses.

While far from being the only factor, these sort of facts and figures are very useful in giving insight into our core user base and help us prioritize new features and functionality.