Friday 26 March 2010

Victorian Places (2)

Ok, not much interest in my quiz (ahem) but here's the answer ... the astonishingly brilliant Google Analytics (no, I have no business relationship with our Google overlords; all hail!). It's a tool for webmasters to measure website hits. I started running it a few days ago, and the list yesterday was the top 50 cities from which people look at I guess professional web people have had this stuff for ages, but for the likes of me, it's astonishingly detailed ... and a reminder that nothing on the web is truly anonymous.

The mapping function, although only at country/US state level (I think) is brilliant too. I now know that - in the last five days - Wyoming is the US state least interested in Victorian London

whereas New Yorkers are (relatively) fascinated by Victorian history:

even if the resulting image looks unfortunately like a missile strike on New York state. Here's to you, Manhattan. (And yes, I know I'm ignoring the differential in their population; let me dream!).

The figures are still quite low - I have about 1500 visitors a day, so it will take a while to get the full pictutre, but I'm already spending too much time on this ... I'm not the first to point this out, but the internet is brilliant.


  1. Abracadabra! Suddenly a list of random place names is instantly shuffled into meaning - Google Analytics. Amazing - and give that Wyomerite a round of...

    What a tool for authors/musicians giving talks, lectures and book/gig tours? (Don't think we'll much again see Reading listed alongside Los Angeles - delicious).
    (cory t)

  2. 'From Reading to Los Angeles' will undoubtedly be the time of my autobiography.

    Even though I don't come from Reading.

    Or Los Angeles.


  3. Ahh..'From Reading to Los Angeles' will bring in a wide readership. For the quirky, there's 'From Los Angeles to Reading'.
    (cory t)

  4. I laugh out loud!

    Hmm. If only there were some convenient way to abbreviate this awkward phrase, which would both mark me out as tech-savvy and perplex my seniors.

    Ah well, back to work.