Posts Tagged ‘tracking’
I’m a regular curator of daily links, and like to give overviews of my collection of curated links and posts. This is partly as there are some good sources and articles in here and as I am working on a research project which I started based on a number of books I read.
I’m sure you’ll find something interesting in the items below – there are some gems in the list – and I dare to hazard the guess you might learn something you wanted to know.
Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)
July 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm
Posted in tagging
Some weeks ago I got my beta access to DataSift, I was happy to get access and didn’t see time to use it. Yesterday evening I played with it for the first time, it was quite interesting to discover something which I suspected which was that they had their own query/modeling language called FSDL. It contains the ability to do queries over the data, including data over a map geo coordinates, which means I can do some complex queries to get the needed data. Once I submitted the query I was given an option to buy access to a stream of the data.
I believe less is more, so I’m happy to see that they released their service with support for quite a number of services – Twitter, Tweetmeme, Buzz, Digg, RSS feeds – and makes it possible to do matches on different fields within the data set. And they have made the possibility to add your own datasources, which can be modeled in the same way as the existing datasources.
Above you can see an example FSDL that I wrote for the keyword Snypher.
A great tool, with many uses.
I play with Wakoopa, it’s a little tool which tracks my usage for tools and websites. Sometimes it gets it very wrong, I don’t watch that much YouTube, but I do always have an IE window open with YouTube in it for if I need to find a film to illustrate a presentation.
GRC gathers some nice statistics on the use of Third Party Cookies also known as Tracking Cookies. I was amazed by the browsers which have TPC enabled by default, there is nothing immediately dangerous about having TPC enabled. However they have serious implications on the privacy and anonymity, they also make it possible for websites other than the one you are visiting to track you over multiple websites.
I run FireFox 3, but disabled TPC as soon as I installed it.