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Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by mac-er, Dec 29, 2007.
Admins, do you ever see any visits from Apple HQ to the site? If so, how often?
I'd guess they do sometimes, just to see if anything important was leaked.
But you probably couldn't detect them anyway, becasue I'd think they'd have a blocked IP or something.
More than likely they visit to check out the site.
Of course anonymously so MR can't track the IP back to Apple.
Well there is this story where they visited.
They will at least check the front page every hour or so. Remember the leaked iPod videos? They got pulled down before Arn could blink I believe...
I would not doubt at all that Apple people regularly view and post. It makes a lot of sense and I don't think it is "Art Bellish" of us to think so.
I have stumbled across a few 3rd party app developers at MacRumors. Most recently was Austin Meyer of X-Plane fame.
Oh, Apple definitely reads Apple-related boards. Back when I worked at CompUSA I scanned a funny Zune tag misprint that promised a free iTunes gift card; Apple corporate was calling my store the next morning.
im a bit new here to be around when ipod videos came out, so there was leaked ipod video images as well? how early before release?
I know the retail staff are banned from posting in forums about Apple, don't know if the same rules apply to the rest of the company.
The ban is to stop any information getting out about products before launch, although given the near-airtight level of secrecy Apple can command most staff only know about new products only hours/days before actual retail release.
Course they visit here. Wave hi to the camera!
We can confirm that Apple staff do come, typically out of natural interest to see where their company is headed. Remember that Apple is very compartmentalized, and keeps tight controls over individuals that bridge departmental gaps.
At this point, I'm going to decline to say how frequently Apple employees come, but in case you forgot this point of interest...
Doesn't mean they can't visit the front page and read
They CANNOT post in an official capacity. But they do definitely read and post (without you knowing they work for Apple).
Two weeks, and they weren't the iPod videos, they were the 'new' Classic iPod and iPod Nano video clips. They're on youtube I think...
I really doubt that they browse the site, why would they? To see if anything big has leaked? I don't think they need to bother with that, if anything big comes out they are going to be contacted by press (engadget, etc). To see what we want changed with their products? They have a feedback page for that, and again if it's anything major it will get big press (such as all the iPhone hubub). To see if anyone is having any issues that need to be fixed? They have their own forums for that and again, the feedback page as well as http://bugs.apple.com/.
Face it, we're just an insignificant group of people on a forum. Apple has no need to be here.
And all this talk about them going through so much trouble to make it seem they aren't visiting (blocked IPs and such), why would the bother? What do they care if anyone finds out if they browse a page?
I would imagine that they visit regularly, particularly the PR group, to find out what is being written about the company, see what people are saying, etc, etc. I wouldn't doubt that 'ole Steve himself doesn't visit and look to have a laugh.
It is pretty naive to think Apple isn't on here seeing what is being written officially and unofficially about them.
I just started to wonder about Apple visiting this site after I was reading a anti-Target blog that was saying that Target HQ visits their site a lot.
Most large companies have bots that patrol web and media sites to find articles and news articles written about their company. I know that Target found even the smallest story that barely mentioned the company on obscure local affiliate news sites.
This is probably "the" site for news and rumors on the Mac community.
We are the most popular Apple site on the internet.
i'd imagine some of the PR folks might visit and see what's out there and maybe some marketing people but agree on someone above... they won't post... too much to risk
Firstly - I didn't know we were that hot!
Secondly... That site is odd, how did they get all that information for visitors?
i like how 2% of audience composition makes up for 34% of visits
yeah, i bet that they do visit here
Well, second most popular after Apple.com
Take the demographics with a grain of salt. I run a large Web site for my company (over 1 million unique visitors a month) and demographics data (other than tech demos that can be grabbed by web analytics) are hardly accurate.
I can confirm that they do, from corporate level right down to the sales errrr i mean "Mac Specialist" you know the guys who stand in the shops and sell you stuff with there easy pay that isnt so easy pay !! And can some one tell me why a company who has a solid OS all of there own, why they would use a product that runs Microsoft Windows ??? thats what runs on there hand held easy pay units,,, a "Mac Specialist" showed me as he was complaining that it had failed yet again to process my transaction ..
Not sure how much I trust that data...
Apparently apple.com appeals to a youthful, fairly wealthy, slightly more female than male following.The typical visitor visits EZ.Tracks, reads Cosmo Girl!, and buys from Toshiba...!??!
We have their tracking codes directly on this site, Apple does not. The demographics might be off, but the #s are accurate.