Monday, July 27, 2009

Stalkers? On the internet? NO WAY

Yes I am awake.
Yes its late... 1:30am.. booo
I wish I was asleep, sadly sleep eludes me on sunday nights.
I was playing around on stat counter..
Yes stat counter.. Because I am LAME and I like to know who visits my blog.
Stat counter has many features, you can see who was on your page, when, where they came from, blah blah blah ect.

However they also have a vistors map which basically shows the better half of the world.. With little flags identifying who has viewed your blog.
Awesome, basically its just a snap shot. Obviously most of my visitors come from the states "waves hello"

I decided to click on one of the little markers coz i'd never done that before.
SO click I dids, and I noticed there was a "zoom in" button, surely this thing couldnt give me anymore information that such and such lives in this town and uses this web browser and recently visited your site.
Well surely I was wrong. The more I zoomed in, the more info I got.
From country it went to state from state it went to city, from city it went to NEIGHBOURHOOD and if you kept on clicking it gives you the persons approixmate address.
WTF is up with that stat counter.
I love the people who read my blog but i'm not gonna randomly show up at there house.

I have no idea WHY this freaks me out.
Clearly I'm not gonna do anything sus with this information.
But in the wrong hands..

This is why people remain annoyomus on the interwebs..


Bella said...

Wow, that's crazy it gives you that much info! Does it do that all based on the person's IP address? I'm not worried about you stalking me, but I'd like to know if that's standard just based on the I address.

Bella said...

Oops...meant IP address there at the end.

Hope you got some sleep last night!

Cassandra said...

What's weird about that for me (aside from the obvious) is that whenever I see my "location" on someone's blog with a little map or listing of visitors' cities, it's never actually where I live. It's a moving target of half a dozen towns about an hour away. I wonder if your stat counter is giving details on a neighborhood where I don't actually live? And then some random person would get stalked instead?


Sarah said...

What?! Thats insane!

Rebecca Louise. said...

I find that very odd! What psycho thought of that as being acceptable lol?!

Kitty said...

um, what stat counter is that again??

*scared shitless*

Liddy said...

OOOh I don't think I would like that at all.

To answer Bella's question is based on the IP address, so generally it will know who provides your Internet and where they are located.

I am not sure I would like people knowing where I lived. I all ready have crazy neighbors, I don't need crazy visitors.

Although, that is creepy... have you ever looked at what people searched to find your blog? I had someone search 'Catholic'... umm how many pages did they look through before they came to my blog.

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Beautiful Mess said...

Happy ICLW!

That is very interesting! I've never used one of those. I've seen them on other blogs, but it always has the wrong town I'm in. I didn't kn ow it was THAT in depth. I'm interested now...must...resist...the...urge...