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Google Browser? Maybe Not

Posted by Nick Aster - April 20, 2005

By Nick Aster for SiliconValleyWatcher

There's a reason I'm an MT expert and not a stats analyst. Avid readers have pointed out that the fine print dosn't add up to what the browser stats displayed. Alas, I knew it was too good to be true.

After digging manually through the log files, it seems that the stats program was interpreting "GGLD:2005-09" as Google, which is correct in the sense that it's probably either the googlebot scanning the page or something funny going on with someone's Google toolbar, but most likely this is NOT a Google browser.

It was exciting for a few hours, but ultimately proof that information that gets posted will quickly be fact checked by people who might know more than you do. Score one more point for the wisdom of crowds.

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