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Trial and Error

Prom Queen, How Do I Count Your Views?

May 29, 2007 10:43 AM

It’s been nearly two months since “Prom Queen” debuted online. The 80-episode series, each episode clocking in at a trim 90 seconds, was created by Michael Eisner’s online studio Vuguru and plays at YouTube, MySpace, Veoh and other sites.

I haven’t been following the storyline, but thought it would be a good time to check in and see how the series is faring. I start with MySpace, plugging in “Prom Queen” in the search box on the home page.

The list of search results contains exactly what I want and when I click on the link, the “Prom Queen” page kicks off the video right away. Everything works great, though I’m not really that into the storyline. Granted, I haven’t been following the series so it’s tough to not easy to dip in two months later.

I’m most curious, though, how many views the videos have amassed since the early April premiere. Here’s the thing–the main “Prom Queen” page on MySpace does not include an overall video views listing that I can find.

So I try to back into the views by going to the video home page, searching for “Prom Queen” and then scanning the results for each episode. The number of views for various episodes range from 400,000 to 1.2 million at first glance. But how many overall?

Tomorrow, I’ll check one of the other sites and see if I can find out there.


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