Google analytics is scary!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Fearless Leader, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    Anyways I help move a wiki for a site from one provider to another and they made me an admin of it (surprise surprise), anyways I set up google analytics for some site stats.

    While It only averages about a 150 page views a day, the amount of data that google collects for me is scary cool and well just scary.

    An example, lets look at the earth. The countries with high page views show up anywhere from tan (none or little) to dark brown (umm a lot more...) And you can drill down to state level and see various cities' page views. Then you can see the various isp's, how pages redirected to you, what most of your traffic is on say 53% safari on mac, 1% for safari on pc, 46% others (way more detailed I just didn't feel like posting)

    Anyways I never really cared about it when I heard people say "Google will become the evil empire and know everything about everything!" until now. If they can collect this data on my small site, think about all the data they collect from all teh different Intertubes.
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Am I evil to haterblock Google Analytics using SafariBlock and AdBlock? :eek:
     
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    MacRumours stats:

    47% of visitors posted from home.
    31% of visitors posted from an office building.
    21% of visitors posted from a school or university.
    1% of visitors posted from the toilet.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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  5. monke macrumors 65816

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    85% of MR has posted something about Powerbook G5's since Apple switched to Intel :p
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    ^^ that's a good one. :)

    15% of MacRumors interprets every news release indicating blockbuster sales or record profits for Apple as a sure sign that the company is being run into the ground and will be out of business within six months.
     
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  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think that's a rather conservative estimate. ;)
     
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    not just ones made on MacRumors, in all reality. :p
     
  10. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    and the correct number is 85.1%.
    please double-check your sources before posting largerly unreliable numbers.
     
  11. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    close enough. :p
     
  12. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    38% of people know that.
     
  13. Surfing@Blacks macrumors regular

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    99% of people know how to spell largely.
     
  14. Ja Di ksw macrumors 65816

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    2% after this post.
     
  15. Fearless Leader thread starter macrumors 68020

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    100% of the replied posts are off topic... (wait, can posts be off topic if there was no topic to begin with?)
     
  16. devman macrumors 65816

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    I know. 51% of me felt charitable.
     
  17. Ja Di ksw macrumors 65816

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    On the whole, though, the original topic is pretty messed up. I didn't realize Google had that level of detail about what goes on at each site.
     
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  19. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    no, no. it is largerly, as in more than largely:D
     
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    About 0.00001% of MR users have the username "ghall". :D
     
  22. Morpheu5 macrumors newbie

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    I wouldn't be so concerned about this as for now this Google Analytics thing is on a volunteer basis. It may become scary if Google said "you all small webmasters install our urchin code in your sites now or DIE!" but again I wouldn't be so scared as it can gather pretty much - or less - the same informations you can collect from the server's logs - though once Google collected 'em, you just can't rm the datas :)
     
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    0.2% of all rumours posted on macrumors turn out to be true. The rest are all about a G5 powerbook:p
     
  24. cleanup macrumors 68030

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    58% of MacRumors users attempt to squish my avatar.
     
  25. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    I really hate google. I never use the search bar n Safari, or in any other browser. I use my address bar to go to good ol non-evil-well-maybe-they-are-evil-but-you-get-my-point http://yahoo.com :D
     

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