This post is part of a monthly series summarizing some stats and figures from the Akismet universe. Feel free to browse all of the posts in the series.
In July, Akismet saw 5,608,437,500 pieces of spam come through. If each piece of spam were a book, there would be enough books to fill 156 Libraries of Congress (the largest library in the world).
There was a small increase in spam numbers since June – about 5%, but a 71% increase from last year in July. That’s about the same yearly increase as the one was saw in last month.
We also saw 310,275,000 legitimate comments made, which makes up only 5% of the total comments we see going around. If each real comment were a book, there would enough to fill only 8 Libraries of Congress (still not bad!).
Our busiest day was July 8 with about 240 million pieces of spam, and our slowest day was 6 with 133 million comments. Not a big range.
Overall, we missed only about 0.0206% of all spam comments this month. Although there weren’t any big fluctuations in our missed spam numbers this month, your missed spam numbers may be different. If you’re seeing more missed spam than usual come through, please do contact us and we’ll be happy to help 🙂.
Here’s how much spam and ham came through each day of the month:
Here are some interesting articles on spam from around the web we liked this month:
- Reports of violations of Canada’s new anti-spam law start trickling in, while some continue to argue that it won’t work in the long term. Time will tell.
- Leo reminds us that reporting spam using the ‘Report Spam’ button works (like those found in your email and Akismet), but submitting spam to agencies like the FTC does much less good, if any at all.
- Mashable featured Cristina De Middel’s interesting photographs depicting the person behind spam messages