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Re: Google stats - suspicious timing...

  • Subject: Re: Google stats - suspicious timing...
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 15:52:34 +0000
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [mogga] on Monday 14 November 2005 13:50 \__

> On Mon, 14 Nov 2005 11:44:08 GMT, Big Bill <kruse@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>>Have these been around for a while? Doubt it, I imagine I would have
>>heard, as would you.

We might hear about in the technology section of the news tomorrow...

>> Why are they appearing now, one wonders? It may
>>well be that Google has rather more up its sleeve than it's been
>>hinting. Damn those PHDs.

I  think that it gives them more inside information if they ever decide to
(or are allowed to) use it. Duration of visits, as one example among many,
might tell them which sites are more 'worthy' than others.

>>I've stuck a tracker on the first page of my still-sinking site. I
>>doubt it'll get disturbed much down there, but we'll see. Now I know
>>why they call it "pinging" a site. Sigh.
> Giving them all the info about other engines too I imagine. Can't see
> any other search engine being happy about this.
> Its quite a horrid idea if you ask me.

It's customer-driven too, which raises some concerns.

> Google takes the trust people place in us very seriously, and is
> pledged to safeguard the privacy of your corporate data. We understand
> that web analytics data is sensitive information, so we accord it the
> ironclad protection it deserves
> Oh yes. It'll certainly guard the info well - but nowt to say they
> won't abuse it themselves.

That's  something  they  ought to make clarifications about. It's  like  a
stats package that metaphorically phones home for instructions.


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