My op/ed about math teaching and Little League coaching is the most emailed article in the New York Times today. Very cool!
But here’s something interesting; it’s only the 14th most viewed article, the 6th most tweeted, and the 6th most shared on Facebook. On the other hand, this article about child refugees from Honduras is
#14 most emailed
#1 most viewed
#1 most shared on Facebook
#1 most tweeted
while Paul Krugman’s column about California is
#4 most emailed
#3 most viewed
#4 most shared on Facebook
#7 most tweeted.
Why are some articles, like mine, much more emailed than tweeted, while others, like the one about refugees, much more tweeted than emailed, and others still, like Krugman’s, come out about even? Is it always the case that views track tweets, not emails? Not necessarily; an article about the commercial success and legal woes of conservative poo-stirrer Dinesh D’Souza is #3 most viewed, but only #13 in tweets (and #9 in emails.) Today’s Gaza story has lots of tweets and views but not so many emails, like the Honduras piece, so maybe this is a pattern for international news? Presumably people inside newspapers actually study stuff like this; is any of that research public? Now I’m curious.