Idealist by the Numbers: You love us, just not on Valentine's Day.

Howdy! It’s Kim and Diana, your friendly neighborhood Community Support Team. Last month we debuted our new column and uncovered just how many of you self-identify as “geeks,” “nerds,” or “geeky nerds.” We’re back now with some freshly crunched numbers for you:

301: Number of organizations that joined the site last week.
1,195: Increase in jobs posted in February 2012 vs February 2011.

18: Percentage drop in visitors to Idealist on Valentine’s Day as compared to the previous Tuesday.


Well, at least we have each other.

15: Percentage increase in visitors the next day.

That's better. (Photos: Staff retreat, March 2012)

3,837: Users whose profiles include the word “passionate.”
4,450: Users whose profiles include the word “love.

18: Idealist Grad Fairs we have planned for 2012.*
225: Graduate school programs that will be represented at our largest fairs.
2: Days it took our entire Grad Fair season to sell out.

10: Portland, OR Idealist staff members. (Apply to be #11!)
0: Land line telephones in the Portland office.

6,369: Members of our LinkedIn group.
1,569: Idealist LinkedIn group members who describe their work as entry level.
1,463: Idealist LinkedIn group members who describe their work as senior level.

80: Kilowatt hours of energy used by’s NY office last month according to thinkeco.
2.3: Kilowatt hours of energy used by Kim yesterday.

*While we’re here, we want to thank all of the graduate admissions folks who plan to participate in our 2012 Idealist Grad Fair season! Our offices have been abuzz these past few weeks as we launched the fairs and you rushed to join us. We can’t wait to see you all there.

That’s all for now. Have a question, or is there a certain number you’re curious about? Leave a comment below.

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Idealist by the Numbers: Knitting, nerds, and ukuleles

Hi there! We’re Kim and Diana, Idealist’s Community Support Team. We read and respond to all the messages you send us, monitor the site’s content, and generally help you get the most out of your Idealist experience.


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We learn all kinds of fascinating things on the site and in conversation with you. Here’s our first-ever Idealist Index (inspired by the old Harper’s feature), with a bunch of things we’ve spotted recently:

185,831: Number of people who registered on in 2011
9,590: Organizations that joined Idealist in 2011
10,430,742: Unique visitors to Idealist in 2011
20: Percent increase in number of jobs posted in January 2011 vs. January 2012

3,266: Current number of listings including the word “exciting
2: Listings including the word “exciting” in Buffalo, NY. (Kidding!)
10,622: People whose profiles say they’re looking for a volunteer opportunity
24: Volunteer opportunities that involve diving
110: Internships that involve dancing
19: Volunteer opportunities that involve knitting
1,107: Museums listed on Idealist

65: People who describe themselves as a “nerd” in their profiles
55: People who describe themselves as a “geek” in their profiles
8: People who describe themselves as both a “geek” and a “nerd”

28,575: Friends who “like” our Facebook page
36,082: Followers of @idealist on Twitter

5: Babies born to Idealist staff members in the last year
0: Pencils in the NYC office

12: Listings on the site that include the word “ukulele
1: Number of those listings located in Hawaii

One final number: 9,237. That’s how many messages we received through the Contact Us page in 2011. We love hearing from you, so please let us know what you think of Idealist, if it’s helped you connect with any geeky-nerdy Hawaiians, or if you have questions about any of these numbers. Leave a comment below or connect with us through our Idealist profiles: Kim’s here and Diana’s here.

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