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My Guests feature

Posted on 2009.09.17 at 15:46
Current Mood: crankycranky
Could anyone enlighten me on the pros and cons of the My Guests feature that allows me to track who visits the LJ but that also tracks my movements through LJ cyberspace?


heartofoshun at 2009-09-17 22:57 (UTC) (Link)
I was wondering about that also. Do not have a clue.
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-17 23:37 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'd hate to sign up for it and then discover, I don't know, that my LJ is now set to explode.
heartofoshun at 2009-09-18 00:07 (UTC) (Link)
That was my reaction exactly. The only obvious drawback I saw is one loses anonymity in visiting others' LJs as well, but then that hasn't been something I have worried about.
lilith_lessfair at 2009-09-18 00:00 (UTC) (Link)
I'm fairly certain LJ could already track your movements, should it want to do so; it wouldn't seem to be difficult for it to compile a list of the places you visit when you are logged in. It would seem to be time-consuming, however. I think that the features is intended for you to be able to see who visits your journal, but to make it more evenhanded (I suppose?), it requires that you allow yourself to be seen when you visit other persons' journals.

I suppose it wouldn't prevent you from visiting anonymously should you not login, but I'm not a fan of the feature. It's a little Big Brother for me.

That's probably nothing that you didn't already know.

Edited at 2009-09-18 12:01 am (UTC)
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-18 00:04 (UTC) (Link)
So, how does it work? I mean where do you access this list of who visits the LJ and can other people, not the LJ owner, see this list?

I suppose I could find a FAQ and read up on it. *grumbles*
lilith_lessfair at 2009-09-18 00:10 (UTC) (Link)
No idea. I think I'd assumed it would be on your homepage, but I realized that I've no basis for that assumption. Let me check and see if there is a FAQ about it and I'll get back to you. I know I won't use it, but it's worth knowing how it works.
lilith_lessfair at 2009-09-18 01:42 (UTC) (Link)
Found the FAQ here. Not sure how helpful it is.

I think chaoticbinky's right in that it is intrusive and still not a good measure of who's visited your journal.
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-18 01:48 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks Lilith. Apparently it doesn't count friends who read your LJ from their friends' page. Since most of my content is f-locked, it seems silly to bother with this. And yes I agree with others that it seems Big Brotherish.
The good news is that if one were to try it out, it's reversible.
lilith_lessfair at 2009-09-18 01:59 (UTC) (Link)
I'd agree; I don't really feel the need to know who visits my journal. My personal entries are f-locked and I think, if I were to know who'd visited and read my fic but didn't comment, I'd begin to become very nervous.

I need to review your last chapter of Elegy. I loved it; Sauron's a fascinating and cunning creature, and Sula continues to amaze me.
keiliss at 2009-09-18 00:36 (UTC) (Link)
It feels stalkerish somehow, so I've stayed well away from it.
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-18 01:49 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I didn't like the look of it either.
chaotic_binky at 2009-09-18 01:00 (UTC) (Link)
It isn't a good indicator of how many read your page because it only logs those who are signed up for the My Guests feature.

I turned it off - it seems an intrusive thing to me.

Hugs Binky xxx
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-18 01:50 (UTC) (Link)
Good to get the fb. Thanks hon!
Jaiden S
jaiden_s at 2009-09-18 03:32 (UTC) (Link)
It's not my thing, and I think it only works if the other party subscribes to it, too.

I disabled it.
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-19 17:26 (UTC) (Link)
Okay, thanks for the fb. I disabled mine too.
andolinn at 2009-09-18 04:21 (UTC) (Link)
My post on the subject. It's the hurt feelings, potential for wank and stalker thang that I objected to.
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-19 17:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for that and I didn't think of wankerage possibilities, but I suppose they are there. Disabled mine.
amalc at 2009-09-18 09:21 (UTC) (Link)
Good question. It keeps asking me to sign on for this and I keep saying "later". I have no intention of signing up for it since I don't really keep a journal. I just have it so I can read all you awesome writers on LJ! I don't like any feature that tracks what you do - Google has a feature that tracks what sites you've been to lately and displays them all neatly in a page for anyone to see. I turned that feature off in two seconds flat, lol! I do value my privacy. Glad you agree with my initial estimate of this.
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-19 17:28 (UTC) (Link)
I decided it was information I didn't need, so I said no. Right, who needs to see my trail through cyberspace. Not even me.
pandemonium_213 at 2009-09-18 10:50 (UTC) (Link)
At first, I thought My Guests might be something like a crude version of Site Meter, which (IIRC) is not supported by the LJ platform. However, Site Meter does not track and display the blog owner's meanderings. Mine's off less for reasons of privacy than for the fact that My Guests is clunky compared to Site Meter.

In terms of privacy, I assume that you're aware many blogs outside of LJ have Site Meter (or a similar feature) installed on them that tracks visitors. The meter often provides a fair amount of detail, too, including the site which has referred the visitor to the page and then the exit page. However, once the visitor leaves, the blog owner has no idea of the former's past or future surfing history.

I expect many of us have our Internet activities monitored quietly at our places of employment (if these are outside the home). So, whereas I understand the sentiment concerning My Guests, privacy on the Internet is an elusive creature.

Edited at 2009-09-18 10:51 am (UTC)
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-19 17:29 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the input, Pande. It seems everyone has decided against this darling little snoopy feature. I disabled mine too.
Minuial Nuwing
minuial_nuwing at 2009-09-18 13:24 (UTC) (Link)
I disabled it, too.

I agree that it seems a little stalker-ish. I'm not sure if I was supposed to use it to find out who is ignoring me or who is lurking sinisterly without commenting. **grin**

elfscribe5 at 2009-09-19 17:30 (UTC) (Link)
Right, good point. Thanks for the input, my dear.
thrihyrne at 2009-09-20 03:18 (UTC) (Link)
I'd not heard of that at all, but in looking at the FAQ, I was able to tweak several settings in my account, which was helpful.

Love your new autumnal background, BTW!
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-20 20:12 (UTC) (Link)
Glad you like the leaves. I really miss the trees turning in this part of the world. I decided to turn off this feature since I didn't see that it would be important to know who was visiting my LJ, especially since almost all my posts are f-locked.
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