[OSM-dev] Tagwatch Editor Counts

Nick Black nickblack1 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 16 11:25:15 GMT 2009

Hi Guys,

Wondered if there had been any update on these numbers from the latest planet?


On Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 9:42 AM, andrzej zaborowski <balrogg at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> 2009/12/5 Nick Black <nickblack1 at gmail.com>:
>> Interesting data Matt.  Getting more users through the one month zone
>> would have a big impact on OSM.
>> If anyone's interested, Mapzen POI Collecter has had 1,108 downloads
>> since it launched, which accounts for roughly 0.6% of the OSM user
>> base.  I would guess that 10% - 20% of the OSM user base have iPhones.
>> For editor developers, it would be really useful to know what
>> proportion of the OSM user base have what kind of mobile devices and
>> more importantly what their intentions are for their next device.  The
>> Mapzen tools are aimed at mappers who are not well served by current
>> tools.  If I knew that, for example, 10%-20% of OSMers who weren't
>> already using Vespucci were intended to buy Android devices in the
>> next few months, we would definitely release an Android version of
>> Mapzen POI Collector.  On the other hand, if the single biggest base
>> of OSM users have iPhones, a Mapzen address adding tool is more
>> likely.
> My guess is Android and webOS (the Palm's latest thing) are going to
> be getting a lot of traction in near future so it's always good to
> make sure your program works there.  webOS especially because it's new
> and there aren't so many apps for it yet.
> My personal opinion is that it's a great pity that the fourth editor
> in number of users is a closed-source one, just shows that people care
> little about their freedom even in a project like this.  Maybe they're
> tricked into assuming that every piece of software that has to do with
> OSM is free as in freedom, although the "Download ... for free" button
> on Mapzen's website gives it away immediately.
> Cheers

Nick Black

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