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Microsoft Staff Uses Google: Fun Facts from VisitorVille

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Posted 07 January 2005 - 07:53 AM

Microsoft Staff Uses Google: Fun Facts from VisitorVille. By John P. Mello Jr. TechNewsWorld 01/06/05 8:27 AM PT At Google, a large percentage of the people have high-resolution displays. "That indicates to me that they're investing a lot in fancy monitors, so they have a lot of money flowing in for that sort of thing," said Robert Savage, VisitorVille's mayor. By comparison, at the White House, half the people have old monitors with 800-by-600 resolution. Ever wonder what the favorite search engine is of workers at Microsoft? Or how much online shopping is done by White House staff? Those are just a few of the questions that can be answered by a quick trip to VisitorVille. Launched this week, the Web site is operated by World Market Watch, a Web analytics firm in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The company monitors some 5,000 Web sites for its subscription-based customers, providing them with detailed information about their online traffic. The detailed data about individual Web sites remains exclusive to World Market Watch's customers; VisitorVille makes public more general types of information about the users who access those sites. "From that specific data that only [our customers] can access, we pool everything together, clean it so it's not personally identifiable and there's no sensitive information in it, then we figured out what organizations or companies visited these people's Web sites," Robert Savage, CEO of World Market Watch and self-appointed mayor of VisitorVille, told TechNewsWorld.
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