Daniel Brusilovsky’s Teens in Tech Hacked, Numbers Revealed

Filed as News on July 23, 2009 2:28 pm

A hacker got his way into Daniel Brusilovsky’s blog network Teens in Tech and shared some details with Net News Daily. Among those is the actual numbers on the network, and it puts Brusilovsky’s previous numbers in questionable doubt. This is what he said in an interview from the BlogHer conference, also found via the Net News Daily story, when talking about the size of Teens in Tech network: “About 10,000 regular subscribers”.

Problem is, the hacker found something else. Net News Daily says it is “a base 400-odd people, 150 of which, we can reveal, are spam accounts”, according to the hacker.

Brusilovsky clarified the situation in a blog post, and also commented on the numbers:

I also wanted to personally clarify some of the numbers quoted in the reports, which suggest I have overstated our current position. We are in the early phase of our network. We are proud of what we have accomplished so far, and have aggressive growth plans. At this time, we have more than 400 active users, and 600 over our network sites. These sites see more than 10,000 individual accesses monthly, and are expanding.

So “about 10,000 regular subscribers” is pushing it a bit, but maybe he meant unique visitors, or the total amount of RSS subscribers. Hard to tell, but it isn’t hard to draw the conclusion that the previous numbers might be a bit bloated.

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  1. By Daniel Brusilovsky posted on July 24, 2009 at 11:31 am
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    Thord – Like I mentioned in my blog post, we have more than 400 active users, and 600 over our network sites. These sites see more than 10,000 individual accesses monthly, and are expanding. In no way did we say that we have over 10,000 users. We are expanding, and working on new things that we are working on and excited to announce by the end of the year.

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  2. By Thord Daniel Hedengren posted on July 27, 2009 at 2:34 am
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    Thanks for wanting to clear this up, Daniel. The confusion probably comes from you saying that Teens in Tech has “about 10,000 regular subscribers”, which doesn’t sound like “10,000 individual accesses monthly”.

    It’ll be interesting to see what you’ll announce later this year, looking forward to it!

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