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How I became Big Brother

One of the things I've been trying to do over the last year is to get more web savvy because writers nowadays have to be web savvy, right? Now, that's not easy to do because the web has morphed into many different things—marketplace, social site, alternate reality, you name it. But I do have my own website (although I rely on a friend to help me update it. Thanks, Brian!) and one thing I added in the last update was tracking software.

I now know that someone in Kenya has looked at my web pages! Likewise, people in Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Thailand, and the U.K. (at least one of those UK hits has gotta be david_bridger ). I can see the growing patchwork quilt of states here in the US where folks have looked at my site in the weeks since I installed the software (OK, since Brian installed the software). I can see that FireFox is the most popular browser, beating out Internet Explorer by a comfortable majority. I could tell I had a few Mac-using visitors when Safari popped up on the browser list.

It's totally cool and yet in a way, it's creepy! The virtual world is so easy to track, it makes me wonder if there will ever be any privacy in the real world.

Meanwhile, hello there, Kenya! Hoped you liked my story!

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Jul. 20th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Yep, one of them is me and I use Firefox. :)

I check my WordPress stat page every day and compare activity on posting days.

For example, this morning I blogged: "How do you carry on writing when the sky falls around you?" and discovered (again) that the world of bloggery is strange.

After sweating blood, sweat and tears over last week's article-length post, this quickly-scribbled one has harvested more visits 'on the day' than any other since my initial launch post. Three of my Plurk friends StumbledUpon it, two marked it as a favourite in BlogCatalog, and "The Golden Pencil: The Freelance Writer’s Resource" linked to my blog in an article.

Seeing these stats nudged me into action. I joined BlogCatalog last week and today's attention led me to creating a profile and making some friends in there. Also joined StumbleUpon and made a few friends there.

Not a bad morning's work - and far too much information for me to be loading onto your post. Sorry. :)
Jul. 21st, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
Not a problem! I'm always looking to learn.
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Jul. 21st, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Cool! I'm using Google Analytics. What do yuo use?
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Jul. 21st, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
No, this isn't on LJ. It's on my website. I don't know anything that works on LJ. Google Analytics is coool but you have to control the page.
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Jul. 21st, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
Cool! So you just paste the code in each time? Well, that's tedious but certianly doable.

Jul. 21st, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
UK + Firefox might have been me as well.

Now I'm in Singapore and I use Flock.
Jul. 21st, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
Interesting! I never even heard of Flock.
Jul. 21st, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
It's pretty close to perfect for the person who Facebooks, Twitters, Blogs, LiveJournals, Flickrs etc, especially if you like me do it all at the same time.

Now, if only I could get my Twitter account to work properly.
Jul. 21st, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
I never saw the point of Twitter. It just sounded like text messaging to a bunch of folks at once. What am I missing?
Jul. 21st, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
I like it. I don't want to blog about my life any more, which means that it's great for jotting off little one-liners, which are probably better reading than most of my full-length blog posts anyway.
Jul. 21st, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
Ah! So it's a little like a blog with a built in friend-lock? OK, I can see that.
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
No, there isn't a built-in friends lock. I've seen my Twitter page without logging in at all.

It's just...the power of Instant Communication minus the necessity of responding right away a la IMs.
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