Member Rara Avis
Oops. I had to remove it on Feb 12 because it was loading either far too slowly or, for over three hours, not at all. I'm glad you said something, Sharon, 'cause I plumb forgot to put it back.
We seem to break our own record every year, and this year was no exception. Monday night was the most intense, as the procrastinators hit us seemingly all at once. Through much of the evening we had a sustained traffic rate of almost 500 new visitors every single minute, ending the day with 290,411 unique visitors.
Tuesday, Valentine's Day, was spread a little better, something our server (and server admin!) very much appreciated. Indeed, the busiest hour of Valentine's Day, at about 23,000 uniques, was the first hour of the day, just after midnight. However, though it was less intense throughout the day, the pressure lasted throughout the WHOLE day, coming in at 302,427 unique visitors and breaking the record set on Monday.
By way of comparison, our high record from 2005 was 241,491 visitors.