Comparitive traffic for Australian cycling and Lance Armstrong doping cyclist related Wikipedia articles
Yesterday, I wrote Lance Armstrong editors v Australian women cyclist editors. I couldn’t figure out what conclusions to draw and realised I needed more data. Most social media data cannot be accurately understood in isolation. I know this. So today, more data to better contextualise that post.
Did people connect Australian cycling to the Lance Armstrong doping situation? This is important to know for governments like South Australia, who have a lot of money invested in the Tour Down Under, a race Lance Armstrong was strongly connected to. We know there is not an editor crossover base and that the location of editors for Australian women’s cycling articles is different than Lance Armstrong. Does this hold true for views?
Using several categories including Australian female cyclists, Australian male cyclists, Cycling teams based in Australia and Tour Down Under on English Wikipedia, I got a list of all the articles in those, got the total views for each article in that category from January 2011 to September 2012, then past 30 day views (15 day overlap with September) as of 16-October-12. I did this for Lance Armstrong and the cyclists implicated with him including Lance Armstrong, Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry (cyclist), Tom Danielson, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde, Stephen Swart, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie. I grouped these as Lance Armstrong. Graph of this data is below.
This shows that in terms of traffic views in response, there was interest in Lance and his allegedly cheating teammates.