Monday, June 19, 2006

Wow, Site Meter is really cool. In that creepy kind of way.

Thanks to Site Meter, now I can say things like:

Hey, you there. In Salt Lake City, Utah. Thanks for stopping by so regularly. Do I know you at all?

Of course I mean that in the friendliest, most welcoming way possible. And, too, I just figured out who you are, so never mind. (And, again, Hi!)

I mean, how creepy is that? And how cool? Ooops, Dad...you just missed me. You stopped by 15 minutes ago, but I'm still writing this so there's nothing new to see.

Now I'm wondering, if the Raleigh person is Alex (who pulled up the blog on his office computer while we were on the phone this afternoon...so now I know that's him), then who's that there in Durham, who seems to stop by every couple of days? Fred maybe?

Check this out. You're visiting this page right now, right? Click here (have it open in a new window if you know how) and let the map load. See that red dot? That's you!

Technology. Yikes.

9 comments:

lisa June 19, 2006 11:11 PM  

Okay, yeah, that is cool and creepy.

Sandy June 20, 2006 6:48 AM  

I don't know how accurate it is unless they changed the name of my town to Edneyville, NC since I've been gone. It makes one feel like Big Brother is watching...oh, he is!

Dad June 20, 2006 7:18 AM  

Man! Big Brother indeed!

My biggest excitement is seeing that we're only 1810 miles from you, not 3,000 like I've thought for years. (Or 2,500, as the plane flies, per the frequent flier mileage.) We should get together more often!

No, Fred is ...@duke.edu, and Nell is ...@hotmail.com) You must have a secret admirer in Durham.

And, how do you know that "Winterville" is not Mom? (Granted, I probably check the blog a lot more frequently than she does, but...)

The map does not load (after waiting a good two minutes) so I've decided it's not going to. But I'll check again sometime...

Love you,

Dad

Jennifer June 20, 2006 12:11 PM  

How do you know that "Winterville" is not Mom?

Well, I've noticed that Mom is still checking from work, you see. Shows up as Greenville. (Plus, the frequency factor made it a pretty safe guess.)

As for Fred & Nell, the domains of their E-mail addresses probably aren't the same as their ISP. Hotmail doesn't offer dialup or high-speed internet, just E-mail you can use once you're online. (But don't! Yahoo is superior in every way -ed.) Duke.edu would offer the connection on campus I'm sure, but they wouldn't be able to access it from home. Whoever's over in Durham is on Road Runner - it may or may not be them.

Like Sandy says, the location isn't necessarily exact. Mine wasn't either. (I set Site Meter to ignore my own visits, by the way, which is why I don't show up on the list - except as the very first visitor the day I was setting it up.) I'm guessing that's because, again, it's tracking your Internet service provider, not the location of your actual computer.

I was surprised about the distance too. I always based my assumption that it was 3000 miles on the fact that, if you look at a globe, we seem to be about the same distance apart as the United States is wide. Real scientific method going on there. Oh! But I might have made that mental calculation back when you guys were in New York...maybe that's where the extra miles went.

Michele June 21, 2006 11:51 AM  

Hi, I imagine I am the person in Durham. I started reading "This, That and the Mother Thing" when I had my first child about 7 months ago....and I discovered you from her site. You don't know me (I don't think) but I truly enjoy your blog. So, hi!

Jennifer June 21, 2006 6:32 PM  

Aha! I was wondering if whoeveritwas would come forward, and here you are :)

So a belated welcome, and thanks for visiting!

Anita June 22, 2006 6:49 PM  

I'm of course UNCC....you know that's me! Sometimes I'm mindspring if I don't have my UNCC access turned on from home!

It is creepy.

And hey Michelle!! Thanks for mentioning me!

Dad June 23, 2006 4:36 AM  

COMPLAINT!

I WANNA MEET BIG BROTHER!

I can't get the map to load. I tried to narrow the field by selecting US map, and 'last 5 visitors' but nothing happens, even after several minutes.

Any suggestions?

Veronica Mitchell June 23, 2006 10:00 PM  

And I just came here from my sitemeter report. You are right - it is a little creepy. I hesitated to sign up for it at first, but then so many other bloggers have it I figured it was just an accepted part of the medium. Though sometimes I really don't want to know what creepy info a person was searching ofr that brought them to my blog.

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