What is the purpose of this website? This blog records the investigatory work of Garson O’Toole who diligently seeks the truth about quotations. Who really said what? This question often cannot be answered with complete finality, but approximate solutions can be iteratively improved over time.
Who uses this website? Articles on the Quote Investigator website have been cited by journalists and writers at The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Economist, The Washington Post, Slate, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, Real Clear Politics, The Jacksonville Times-Union, A Way With Words (Public Radio Program), ABC Television News, ABC (Australia), and more.
People are sharing what they have discovered on the website via multiple social media channels including: Twitter, Reddit, Google+, YCombinator News, Quora, StumbleUpon, FaceBook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Slashdot, and Metafilter.
Can you give some examples of media coverage that references QI research? Many examples are presented on the webpage about “Media Coverage”. Click here to visit the page.
How popular is the Quote Investigator website? There are more than 4.6 million users per year according to Google Analytics. The number of “sessions” and “pageviews” was substantially larger. Visitors come from around the globe. The United States, the United Kingdom, India, and Canada typically provide the largest percentages of visitors. Traffic has grown consistently except at the end of May 2014 when the Google search engine implemented a Panda update which reduced traffic to the QI website.
How big is the website? As measured on December 12, 2016 more than 1.2 million words were written in the posts on the website. This figure included the bibliographic notes. The number was calculated using a WordPress plug-in. On the date specified above there were 906 posts.
How can I effectively search the Quote Investigator website? Here are three techniques for searching the website:
1) Scroll down and look below the advertisements on the right. Enter you query into the search box on the right.
2) Click on a name within the list on the right to see the set of quotations associated with a particular person
3) Use the google search engine by adding a special site restriction to your query. Specifically, the following term will search within the QI website – site: quoteinvestigator.com. Here are two examples:
Query A: “glint of light” site:quoteinvestigator.com
Query B: hydrogen site:quoteinvestigator.com
Do you have presence in social media? The website is the primary avenue for communication, but social media is used to provide auxiliary communication:
1) The Twitter account is called @QuoteResearch. Previous tweets here.
2) The Facebook page for Quote Investigator is located here.
3) The Google Plus page is located here.
Will you answer my quotation question? QI greatly enjoys receiving requests from website visitors, and he has been able to help many people. However, QI is unable to research all queries because there are far too many, and a single quotation may require hours of research time. QI maintains more than two thousand open files representing partial investigations many of which are ongoing. New requests arrive every day. Nevertheless, your request might jump to the top of the queue. The contact address to send your request is given further below.
Where do the questions come from? Most questions are written or rewritten by QI. Most questions are based on queries from the general public received via email. In addition, some questions are from face-to-face encounters between QI and inquisitive friends and family members. Also, many questions are constructed from scratch by QI for entertainment purposes.
Does the Quote Investigator website have an RSS feed? The website uses WordPress software which automatically implements some built-in feeds. This webpage has a discussion. Here is a link to a basic feed.
What is Dr O’Toole’s background? Garson O’Toole has a doctorate from Yale University, and exploring quotations is one of his avocations.
How do I contact Garson O’Toole? To send an email message please delete the spaces in this name “garson o toole” and use the gmail domain.