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For the longest time I’ve had Google Analytics running on this site. On the occasions when a post got popular, it would be fun to look at the real-time data, see where visitors were coming from, understand how my words were making it around the web.
As of today I’ve removed their analytics code, and will be going back to good old server side logs.
A number of things have led me to this decision.
One is my renewed interest in the Indieweb and wanting to be less reliant on outside parties.
Another is performance, less scripting means less bytes.
And finally, and most importantly, privacy. As seductive and interesting as it is watching people visit the site in real-time, and digging down into the paths they took, why do I need to know any of that? I’m not a business, I don’t have “funnels”, “conversions”, or “targets”. You come, you read, you leave.
The server logs will still be grabbing some data. Specifically when you visited, what you visited, who referred you (if anyone), and your browser.
It’s a blunt tool, but I’m okay with that.
That world formed the web’s foundations — without that world to build on, Google, Facebook, and Twitter couldn’t exist. But they’ve now grown so large that everything from that web-native world is now a threat to them, and they want to shut it down. “Sunset” it. “Clean it up.” “Retire” it. Get it out of the way so they can get even bigger and build even bigger proprietary barriers to anyone trying to claim their territory.
Well, fuck them, and fuck that.
Lockdown – Marco Arment.
2.3 million photos with location data were uploaded to Flickr this month; 95,634,285 in total. That’s according to Brady Forrest’s post over at O’Reilly Radar on the appearance of Flickr photos on Google Street View.
2.3 million in one month!
Thank you to Google for the unbelievably generous support. This represents $100,000 worth of financial contributions to Drupal development, $10,000 of which will be donated to the Drupal Association.
A few of the projects that will be worth keeping an eye on are the Jabber/XMPP integration, RSS/Atom improvements, an SMS framework, and an automated staging environment toolkit.
After all the speculation over the past few days it’s finally happened.
The two companies will continue to operate independently, Google said as it announced the news on Monday.
Damn, there go all the “GooTube” and “Yoogle” mashup parodies then.
Update: Interesting commentary about the deal at Read/Write Web:
There is a LOT of talk about the deal, but for me it’s significant as a watershed moment for the Web and online video. If Google is willing to spend $1.65B on the leading online video company, then they must believe that for both YouTube and the online video industry as a whole – there is a lot more growth to come.
Holy shit, that’s one big earwig. Run for your lives people!
(What the hell kind of pesticide are the Germans using?)
Hat tip: Boing Boing
I’m a sucker for a daft idea.
- Unfortunately Garrett re-injured his shoulder in his first match and has undergone shoulder surgery
- sniff such a promising Curling career too
- Unfortunately, Garrett does not tell it.
- You’re just not asking the right questions
- Unfortunately, Garrett would not have been the subject of a Behind the Music episode if his story ended there.
- I always go that little step too far… It’s a failing I know.
- Unfortunately, Garrett also includes a disappointing, confusing, frustrating, and mostly irrelevant subplot dealing with Galt’s family.
- Aha! You said “mostly”, that means it was at least partly relevant
- Unfortunately, Garrett and his mystic scarab were buried under several tons of rubble during his final battle on Pago Island.
- I miss my scarab, he was very mystical