On 09/20/11, Harrison Schultz<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
The situation on at Liberty square is obviously somewhat precarious,
however it's a something of a relief to report that things have never
looked better in cyberspace!
We reached a high water mark in terms of visits and awareness on the
We had 56,356 total visits - we were at 12,283 the day before this is
an astounding 359% increase! The number fell a down to 43,308
yesterday however this is still far higher than any other day we've
seen since before the 17th - feel proud!
The number of total unique visitors has followed the same trend -
there was another astounding 343% increase between the 16th and
We saw a nice spike in the NYC region as well although it was "only"
an 89% increase due to the fact local awareness typically seems to be
a bit higher than outside NYC.
It is also critical to report that most visits to occupywallst.org
come from direct traffic searches mostly on google however facebook
has become the number one referral site to occupywallst.org. Total
visits from Facebook have increased by a whopping 457%.
Want more good news?
Unlike the other measures I've discussed in this report, visits from
Facebook have only been increasing by a very solid 36% over the past
few days since the 17th. Bear in mind that facebook is currently only
responsible for sending us just under 11% of our total traffic in
spite of these huge increases, suggesting that there is huge potential
to make the movement grow by using Facebook.
It's also important to keep in mind that our comrade Bill/radleft
who's been working with us remotely from Tennessee has been hooking
many of us up with lots of radio air time - which I unfortunately have
no way to measure but which will no doubt help swell our ranks. He
informed me yesterday that he personally suspects that we'll see a
huge turnout over the weekend. Adbusters has also called for more
I hope that the take away lesson from all of this is clear - our
strategy has been working! - so dig deep and HOLD YOUR GROUND!!!
I also received a report from Grim Woman who began picking up some
negative feedback on the phone lines after a somewhat grim report was
listed on occupywallst.org. I strongly urge individuals in this
movement to avoid posting images that could be considered "riot porn"
for the time being, at least until our numbers on the ground cycle
back up. I also suggest avoiding civil disobedience and any
unnecessary arrests that might thin our ranks for the moment as well.
Let's play some defense on the square for a little while.
If you're on the ground and you've been on the ground for too long -
thank you, you're sacrifices and actions have not been in vain, expect
relief this coming weekend.
I also propose an unrestrained "content attack" on Facebook - let's
flood it with our photos, updates, and youtube clip postings. Let's
individually "friend" as many people as possible on the sight and
recycle and redistribute our content over and over again by "sharing
it" it'll push our individual messages to the top of the news feeds
and it will make a difference.
I'm on my way back to try and help defend our new home, I look forward
to sleeping in the rain with all of you this evening!
Love and rage comrades!
Harrison Tesoura Schultz