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19 September 2007 @ 12:11 pm
Livejournal Collecting User Data  
Discovered thanks to a German entry by aislingde and just passing on:

The bad news: Apparently LJ will be collecting random samples of users' habits and surfing patterns.

The good news: Thankfully there's a way to exclude your own LJ from this.

Oh LJ, dear LJ... *sigh*
Current Mood: workingworking, miffed
eretria: Aeryneretria on September 19th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
To calm frayed nerves a bit: Almost every single website does that. Heck, even my website does it. I's a simple website statistic tool. It's nothing special and it's no new feature - so, nothing to be getting grey hair over.
Bimo: Hamster_teabimo on September 20th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
First of all: Yay! You are back :-). And what horrible exam fraud! I have no words for the people involved.

Almost every single website does that

I know, I know. Cheery.de has counter statistics as well, because I'm curious about visitor numbers, preferred browsers or where people are coming from.

It's not so much the collection of basic surfing data which troubles me (actually I think it was one of LJ's better business decisions to be so upfront about what it's doing), but rather the fact that LJ will be applying their tracking tools to a complex network of personal and not so personal relations:

"how people travel through the site (what are the common links, where are people going after viewing their friends page, what people are or aren't clicking on)"

Of course my uneasiness with this is little more than an instinctive gut reaction, because for LJ all this sampling will probably just be about detecting and improving the most popular and well-trodden paths through their own social jungle. But still...

The idea that someone is interested where I go after reading my f-list creeps me, so I'm rather glad LJ is allowing people to opt out.
Dauntless: Geekyhms_dauntless on September 20th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
Thanks for the warning.