Hypergrid travelers search for shopping

Hypergrid travelers are more likely to be looking for shopping than any other kind of individual destination, according to May visitor statistics of the Hyperica hypergrid destination directory.

The top five pages viewed overall were the full list of hypergrid-enabled grids, the hypergrid-enabled regions on OSgrid, the list of hypergrid-enabled freebie stores, directions on how to travel the hypergrid, and the list of hypergrid-enabled regions on ReactionGrid. A total of 5,695 pages on the Hyperica hypergrid directory were viewed in May by 409 unique visitors.

The top five individual destinations were Humbug Cove, Ellis Island Shops, Snoopies, Wild Shopping, and Samsara, all shopping venues.

The top five non-retail category pages viewed were Germany, art galleries, France, colleges and universities, and 3D design services.

Shopping totals include both individual destinations and category pages.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.

3 Responses

  1. enerhax@yahoo.com' Ener Hax says:

    w00t! perfect timing!!! thank you Maria for listing the shopping destinations! pretty funny that people are looking for freebies here too!

  2. merriesch@gmail.com' Merrie S says:

    Yes the shopping is fun on Hypergrid except for one small catch, permissions. Vendors have to remember to clear their permissions or items can't be used on other grids. This includes the box they put the items in. Because of the change in viewers and tightening down on artist thief (which is great) items have to be at least transferable so they don't disappear.

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