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Thoughts on a new feature? [Mar. 29th, 2002|06:51 pm]
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We've had this idea we've been kicking around for a while, and we thought we'd get some feedback from this community, because if/when we do add it, it will be a paid feature.

Basically we want to introduce individual journal statistics, complete with referral stats and unique page views. This could also include statistics that would show you how many people have linked to a specific journal entry of yours, or who have linked to you in one of their journal entries.

Keeping in mind that we won't:

  • Show you logged in viewers, because of privacy issues that could incur;

  • Show you IP addresses, because they don't reveal any useful information;



What features would you like to see in a LiveJournal stats tracker?
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From: anjori
2002-03-29 05:35 pm (UTC)
"I'd love to know exactly who was reading my journal"

As already stated in the post itself: due to privacy issues, you won't be able to know what usernames have viewed your journal. Therefore you still won't know "exactly who" has read your journal.
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[User Picture]From: purecstasy
2002-03-29 04:12 pm (UTC)
just exactly what you said...page views..and where they got linked to your journal (referred)
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[User Picture]From: kielle
2002-03-29 04:14 pm (UTC)

Sounds great! I look forward to trying those ideas out with immense curiosity (and ego :). If I had to submit a wish list, though, I'd add

A) The ability to post in other journals I own without logging out then logging back in -- eg. with a dropdown as when posting to communities, perhaps with an intermediate screen asking for password to verify?

B) The ability to immediately delete posts by other users in communities I own without having to go through the calendar/subjects route.

C) When you use the feature to download a month's worth of one's LJ posts for backup purposes, you don't get the comments. This sorta defeats the purpose of the back-up by rendering it half-useless. If the comments were grabbed too, I could die happy!

Not complaining, though -- in general, everything rocks. :) Great work, and go for those features you're already considering!
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[User Picture]From: emmavescence
2002-03-29 04:24 pm (UTC)
A) - welcome to http://www.livejournal.com/update.bml?mode=full&altlogin=1

generally you can just stick a &altlogin=1 on to the end of things and you can do that :) like /modify.bml?altlogin=1 lets you modify overrides and colours and stuff for another journal you own.

a better place to post features you'd like is http://www.livejournal.com/suggestions though. you have to submit through a proper form though, and be prepared to be shouted at if the idea's already been brought up before and shot down (check the memories :)
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[User Picture]From: tsutton
2002-03-29 04:14 pm (UTC)
>>Keeping in mind that we won't:
Show you IP addresses, because they don't reveal any useful information;<<

What's the point? All comments posted already tracks IP address of LJ user and anon.

If we still can do it, why don't we use it in stats?

Just a thoughts
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[User Picture]From: sera_bella
2002-03-29 04:25 pm (UTC)
I agree with that, I'd like to be able to see just who has been reading my journal. I've had anonymous emails sent to me from people who have read my journal posts and I have no way of tracing who it might be, so I have to lock posts to friends or private when I'd like to be able to say hey soandso, go read this even if they don't have a journal.
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[User Picture]From: genmaicha
2002-03-29 04:15 pm (UTC)
I like the general idea, and additions posted (like who's got my posts as memories). Perhaps something like the current list we have for who made LJs with our codes, for after the codes are done away with? A refer-sorta-thingie. (Okay, let's try for more coherancy.)

Would a variation with fewer options be considered for free accounts, or would this be a totally paid members only quirk? (Going off the fact that this is directed at paidmembers and the statement that it'll be a feature, but I'm a curious critter and I like detailed explanations.) I favor the latter, to give more incentive (ie, "cool new stuff") for paid accounts.
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[User Picture]From: elfy
2002-03-30 12:52 am (UTC)
if you click on 'invite a friend' where you can see your codes, you should also see who made a livejournal with which code.
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[User Picture]From: hussla
2002-03-29 04:18 pm (UTC)
rock! brad, you're the bomb.
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[User Picture]From: emmavescence
2002-03-29 04:30 pm (UTC)
actually, that's opiummmm :p
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2002-03-29 04:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds excellent. Would it be possible to have a break down by logged in vs non-logged in users and whether they have you listed as a friend. also identify if they read your actual journal page or read the entries via a friends page. E.G. something like:

Entry read by VVV unique viewers, XX were logged in of whom YY have you listed as a friend and ZZ are listed by you as a friend.

Via Journal page: AA unique views.
Via Friends page: BB unique views.


By default I have my entries set to friends only security but I tend to change that to public unless the entry needs to be friends only, the above would allow me to see how many users (if any) I am excluding by ;eaving entries as friends only.

Also if I could see what users, if any have linked my entries as memories that would be good.
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[User Picture]From: xoder
2002-03-29 04:19 pm (UTC)

Hmmm...

I'm sure someone else has said these, but I don't remember it, so I'll drop my few cents.

  • Browser Type stats
  • Maybe instead of partial IPs, you can take general location/provider info on your side, and graph it.
  • Referral stats
  • Last URL from
  • URL going to
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[User Picture]From: panicpryncess
2002-03-29 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if this has been suggested, but anyway:

since we won't know "who" exactly has read our journal-- maybe track how many times one of your FRIENDS has accessed your journal, AND then of all who view your journal (listed as a friend or not) how many unique visitors you've had (i.e., how many people are viewing your journal for the first time EVER)...

and how many "friend-of-a-friend" views you've gotten (i.e., how many people got to your journal from one of their friend's journals in which you were listed as a friend, hence the "friend-of-a-friend" title for the statistic...

but expand it to list how many "hops" had to be completed from where they were to your journal -- like, if they had to make 6 hops --- "friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend"... (does that kinda-sorta make sense?)

oh and one last thing -- track whether viewers are male or female; and age ranges...

if i think of more... i'll be back. :-)

cheers & happy easter & happy passover,
panicpryncess / pryncess_saraht
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[User Picture]From: paradisacorbasi
2002-03-29 04:25 pm (UTC)

I like this idea.

Since I've been having trouble with trolls.
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From: brosie
2002-03-29 04:27 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if anyone has said this (no desire to read 68 comments ..) but ..

What if we had a way to tell which journals we've posted comments in?

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From: xenofalcon
2002-03-29 08:27 pm (UTC)
#3 may be coming with the soon-to-be-released style system, S2.
#4 is already possible for use with communities.
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[User Picture]From: ladytetsu
2002-03-29 04:33 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of lj-based tracking, as long as we can continue to use outsourced tracking too. (for those nasty stalker types) I definitely like the cross-referncing idea - keep tabs on where your stuff is out there.
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[User Picture]From: ritaneves
2002-03-29 04:36 pm (UTC)

I'd like to see how many people link to my journal...
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[User Picture]From: spydielives
2002-03-29 04:37 pm (UTC)
OH PLEASE!!! COULD YOU?!?!

(Was that emphatic enough???)

[This would have been a good thing to ask as a poll, wouldn't it?]
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