Google Real-Time Analytics April Fool's Joke
We just launch recently here at Carzz and I am obsessed with Google Analytics and more specifically, Real Time Google Analytics which shows the actual live visitors on a website at any given moment. I was viewing the Real Time stats and noticed a few people looking at pictures and designbooks as normal. I moused over their locations on the map and saw one location floating off the coast of the United States. I moused over and it showed an active visitor count of 41 people on our site from the location shown as “International Space Station – Control Room”. I was surprised and a little shocked to think that perhaps our site was going viral at NASA on this Easter Sunday. Alas, it was not too long lived. The Top Page stat showed the page being viewed as “April Fool’s”. Even more telling is the visitor count of 41 people, or 4/1, April 1st. Google has a long history of April Fool’s jokes, so this one may be one of their best and most obscure.
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