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I've recently started using Google Analytics for my blogs. Yes, I'm watching you watching me.
A few interesting things have emerged from setting this up and from looking at the data it produces. The first is that Google applications are easy to register for, own and use. They make it easy to let them host your data. The second revelation is that a website can collect a surprising amount of information about you as you meander around the Interblag.
Let's go backwards and look at second things first - collecting information about the people who land on your site. Here is a quick summary about what I know about you when you visit this blog:
- your browser and OS;
- screen colours and resolutions;
- flash and Java versions;
- network location and host name;
- connection speed;
- the length and depth of your visit (the pages you read and time you spent);
- language used;
- referral sites (search engines, other sites or if you came directly to my blog);
- and where in the world you are.
This information is collected using a simple script call that looks something like this, which is generated for each of your sites: