As many of you may know, we have been using comScore’s data to measure unique visitors since 2009. The relationship has been pro bono, and we have benefited from knowing our visitor traffic and our ranking among other top websites.
We are choosing to stop reporting comScore’s numbers on our site because of limitations in the methodology. Given Wikimedia’s global, increasingly mobile audience, we feel that comScore’s data is no longer fully representative of our traffic. For us, comScore’s strength has been in measuring traffic from desktop and Global North users. However, we don’t feel comScore’s data, which is based on panels, sufficiently reflects our traffic in other regions and on mobile. While they do offer a more accurate unified report methodology, we haven’t used this approach because it requires sending usage data via a tracking beacon to their servers. Wikimedia does not opt into this third-party system as part of its commitment to user privacy.
With this change, we will no longer be citing comScore in our outbound messages, like the Wikimedia Foundation Quarterly Report, Report Card, and job descriptions.
We hear the community’s long standing requests for better statistics, including statistics on visitors to our sites and pages. We are currently researching other ways of doing this, in line with our movement’s values. We look forward to sharing this research, and welcome any thoughts you have around this topic.