11 December 2006
If you go to the bottom left of the blog, you can see the locations of the 10 latest visitors. If you click this box, you can view statistics about who has visited this blog-- e.g., based on geography (there's a map that shows where the latest hits are coming from). One of the little puzzles to me has been the over representation of google as a search engine source for the netgov blog (see these stats). For example, for this month 92% of search engine results that have pointed people to the blog have been from google-- in contrast, google controls 50-60% of the market. Why the over-representation of google? One possibility is that the types of people who search for social network stuff are more likely to use google. Another possibility is that google ranks us higher than yahoo, msn, ask, etc. There may be something to this latter hypothesis-- e.g., if you google 'social network blog' this blog is in the top 10. In contrast, if you go to yahoo or ask, the blog is way way down (so far down I didn't have the patience to find it). Interestingly, if you look at 'complexity blog' we rank in the top 10 for all of the search engines. In any case, there does seem to be some interesting variance in how the different search engines treat the term social network (the basic pattern is replicated if you just look for 'network blog') in the context of the netgov blog.
Posted by David Lazer at December 11, 2006 8:42 AM