Amazon’s order flow

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Here is the order flow of an Amazon purchase for a new user.

1) From the Product Page

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User selects “Add to cart”

2) Shopping Cart

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User selects “Proceed to checkout”

3) Capture Email (or login for new users)

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Its smart that Amazon breaks up the information collection.

4) Registration Page

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5) Shipping location

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This is by far the biggest hurdle for the user to complete.

6) Shipping Options

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7) Payment Method

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8) Confirmation Page

This is where I chickened out… I didn’t want to enter in real credit card credentials to get to the confirmation page.  Sorry!

 

Goodbye everpix — how I backup my photos… you back up, right????

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I’ve been taking digital photos since 1999 and while have had several harddrive failures since then, never lost a photo.  I’ve been using a variety of backup solutions… while effective all have the major drawbacks–  either they are not easy to use, or if easy, not designed for pictures.

In 2012, two companies started to solve this problem– everpix and picturelife.  Both are set and forget– you download their app and it automatically backs up all your photos.  I initially went with everpix since in 2013 they had more features.  Unfortunately, they mismanaged the company and late last year went out of business.

Yesterday I gave picturelife a try and have to say I really like them.  They have more powerful backup options and also allow the backup of video– which is increasingly important.  The best part of their service is that it sends you a daily email filled with pictures from your past– with 10 years of photos it is easy to forget your memories so this email is a great and pleasant daily reminder.

So here are my recommendations:

1) MAKE SURE YOU BACKUP YOUR MEMORIES.  If not picturelife, then try jungledisk, carbonite, dropbox, box, etc.

2) If you are into photos, give picturelife a try.  I think you will like it!

FYI, if you subscribe using the links in this post, I will get more space on my account.  Feel free to use them, or not.

 

 

Facebook leads the pack tracking you online

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Would you tell Facebook every site you visit?

While it may not be commonly thought about, its not secret knowledge that you are being tracked online.  Its done to target advertising– if they know where you go they are more likely to understand what you like.  Most tracking is completely invisible to users and much of it is anonymized.  So, while you may not like it at least the company tracking you doesn’t know who you are.

But some tracking is tied to you as an individual.  One example is the share button.   When you go to a site with a share button, the stated purpose is to easily allow you to share the content with your social network.  But by enabling this functionality, they also know exactly who you are… and can tie it back to what site you visited.

likebutton

Facebook knows if you are a dog online.

 

How prevalent are sharing buttons?

I downloaded the homepages of the top million websites according to both Alexa and Quantcast and determined which sites have social sharing buttons.   Over 22% of sites have at least 1 social sharing button.  Here is the breakdown:

15% of sites have Facebook sharing
11% of sites have Google+ sharing
9% of sites have Twitter sharing

Facebook is leading the pack but what is surprising is Google+ beats out Twitter.  While 78% of sites surveyed do not have one of the three, I suspect the true number is less since I only surveyed the homepages.  Often times share buttons are on article pages but not the homepage.

Allthis, which aggregates social sharing, was omitted from this analysis because they are an anonymous tracker while Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ all have the capability to tie your internet activities back to your social account.

Healthcare has made Obama less popular on Facebook

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Barack Obama’s Facebook fan page is the #1 most popular politician and #57th most popular fan page overall with over 37 million likes.   He averages 9,500 new likes a day and has collected 3 million more fans in the last year alone.

But the last several weeks haven’t been kind to Obama and his approval ratings are down to 45%, a record low for him, largely due to the problems associated with the healthcare rollout.

This loss in popularity can be seen on Facebook where there is a significant, recent drop in the number of new fans:

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Obama’s popularity online has been steadily decreasing since mid-October.

 

 

 

 

 

Most popular UserAgent strings in 2013

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This is from a 1MM point sample taken over the last year from a diverse set of 130+ low volume websites.

There were 8822 user-agents seen over all.  Most appear to be bots.

Here are the top 100 UserAgent strings:

Rank String Prevalence
1 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; BLEXBot/1.0; +http://webmeup.com/crawler.html) 12%
2 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; YandexBot/3.0; +http://yandex.com/bots) 11%
3 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm) 8%
4 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html) 7%
5 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Baiduspider/2.0; +http://www.baidu.com/search/spider.html) 6%
6 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MJ12bot/v1.4.3; http://www.majestic12.co.uk/bot.php?+) 4%
7 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Ezooms/1.0; ezooms.bot@gmail.com) 3%
8 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:6.0.2) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/6.0.2 2%
9 2%
10 Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.0.19; aggregator:Spinn3r (Spinn3r 3.1); http://spinn3r.com/robot) Gecko/2010040121 Firefox/3.0.19 1%
11 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:8.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0 1%
12 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; AhrefsBot/4.0; +http://ahrefs.com/robot/) 1%
13 msnbot-media/1.1 (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm) 1%
14 Java/1.6.0_04 1%
15 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1) 1%
16 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; YandexBot/3.0; MirrorDetector; +http://yandex.com/bots) 1%
17 Java/1.4.1_04 1%
18 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; AhrefsBot/5.0; +http://ahrefs.com/robot/) 1%
19 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en; rv:1.9.0.13) Gecko/2009073022 Firefox/3.5.2 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729) SurveyBot/2.3 (DomainTools) 1%
20 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0) 1%
21 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; meanpathbot/1.0; +http://www.meanpath.com/meanpathbot.html) 1%
22 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; JikeSpider; +http://shoulu.jike.com/spider.html) 1%
23 Feedfetcher-Google; (+http://www.google.com/feedfetcher.html; 27 subscribers; feed-id=10101769530573257141) 1%
24 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; zh-CN; rv:1.8.0.11)  Firefox/1.5.0.11; 360Spider 1%
25 SAMSUNG-SGH-E250/1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 UP.Browser/6.2.3.3.c.1.101 (GUI) MMP/2.0 (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html) 1%
26 DoCoMo/2.0 N905i(c100;TB;W24H16) (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html) 1%
27 FeedBurner/1.0 (http://www.FeedBurner.com) 1%
28 Sosospider+(+http://help.soso.com/webspider.htm) 1%
29 Mozilla/5.0(compatible; Sosospider/2.0; +http://help.soso.com/webspider.htm) 0%
30 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MJ12bot/v1.4.4; http://www.majestic12.co.uk/bot.php?+) 0%
31 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; CareerBot/1.1; +http://www.career-x.de/bot.html) 0%
32 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; AhrefsBot/2.0; +http://ahrefs.com/robot/) 0%
33 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; SISTRIX Crawler; http://crawler.sistrix.net/) 0%
34 Baiduspider+(+http://www.baidu.com/search/spider.htm) 0%
35 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1) 0%
36 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/5.0) 0%
37 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.2; Trident/6.0) 0%
38 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Exabot/3.0; +http://www.exabot.com/go/robot) 0%
39 Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux i686; rv:14.0; ips-agent) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/14.0.1 0%
40 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1) 0%
41 Feedfetcher-Google; (+http://www.google.com/feedfetcher.html; 1 subscribers; feed-id=11404836389946224208) 0%
42 Feedfetcher-Google; (+http://www.google.com/feedfetcher.html; 1 subscribers; feed-id=12413017020196452000) 0%
43 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0) 0%
44 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1;) 0%
45 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; MDDR; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; Tablet PC 2.0) 0%
46 Sogou web spider/4.0(+http://www.sogou.com/docs/help/webmasters.htm#07) 0%
47 Java/1.6.0_31 0%
48 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; fr; rv:1.8.1) VoilaBot BETA 1.2 (support.voilabot@orange-ftgroup.com) 0%
49 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; MDDR; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; Tablet PC 2.0); 360Spider 0%
50 HuaweiSymantecSpider/1.0+DSE-support@huaweisymantec.com+(compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR ; http://www.huaweisymantec.com/en/IRL/spider) 0%
51 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; Synapse) 0%
52 Feedfetcher-Google; (+http://www.google.com/feedfetcher.html; 1 subscribers; feed-id=9171446628484558074) 0%
53 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MJ12bot/v1.4.2; http://www.majestic12.co.uk/bot.php?+) 0%
54 Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8B117 Safari/6531.22.7 (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html) 0%
55 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Linux x86_64; Mail.RU_Bot/2.0; +http://go.mail.ru/help/robots) 0%
56 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.2; WOW64; Trident/6.0) 0%
57 Yeti/1.0 (NHN Corp.; http://help.naver.com/robots/) 0%
58 Mozilla/5.0 () 0%
59 Google-Test 0%
60 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT) 0%
61 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1 0%
62 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MJ12bot/v1.4.1; http://www.majestic12.co.uk/bot.php?+) 0%
63 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98) 0%
64 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; SiteExplorer/1.0b; +http://siteexplorer.info/) 0%
65 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; NetcraftSurveyAgent/1.0; +info@netcraft.com) 0%
66 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322) 0%
67 Java/1.6.0_30 0%
68 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; zh-CN; rv:1.8.0.11) Gecko/20070312 Firefox/1.5.0.11; 360Spider 0%
69 ZmEu 0%
70 User-Agent Baiduspider 0%
71 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E) 0%
72 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.2) 0%
73 Java/1.6.0_29 0%
74 panscient.com 0%
75 BlackBerry9000/4.6.0.167 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102 ips-agent 0%
76 Java/1.6.0_22 0%
77 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Blekkobot; ScoutJet; +http://blekko.com/about/blekkobot) 0%
78 Aboundex/0.2 (http://www.aboundex.com/crawler/) 0%
79 Java/1.7.0_21 0%
80 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:19.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/19.0 0%
81 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98; Win 9x 4.90) 0%
82 Java/1.6.0_32 0%
83 Lynx/2.8.5rel.1 libwww-FM/2.15FC SSL-MM/1.4.1c OpenSSL/0.9.7e-dev 0%
84 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.31 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/26.0.1410.64 Safari/537.31 0%
85 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.2; Win64; x64; Trident/6.0) 0%
86 Opera/9.80 (Windows NT 6.1; U; ru) Presto/2.8.131 Version/11.10 0%
87 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727) 0%
88 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:12.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/12.0 0%
89 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; YandexImages/3.0; +http://yandex.com/bots) 0%
90 NCBot (http://netcomber.com : tool for finding true domain owners) Queries/complaints: bot@netcomber.com 0%
91 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:16.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/16.0 0%
92 Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_7_1) AppleWebKit/535.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/13.0.782.215 Safari/535.1 0%
93 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Mail.RU/2.0) 0%
94 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30) 0%
95 Java/1.7.0_07 0%
96 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1) 0%
97 Wotbox/2.01 (+http://www.wotbox.com/bot/) 0%
98 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/22.0.1229.79 Safari/537.4 0%
99 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; oBot/2.3.1; +http://filterdb.iss.net/crawler/) 0%
100 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0; Trident/4.0; Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1); .NET CLR 3.5.30729) 0%

You can download the top 1000 user agents here. (csv format)

To hit the top 1000 a useragent must be seen at least 30 times.

I want my MTV: Music Videos are Most Shared Torrent

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I’ve been analyzing torrent piracy recently and have cobbled together a large snapshot of a day of torrent sharing.

It contains 1.2M+ scrapes of 552K torrents.   A torrent is a file or set of files being shared, almost certainly it is copyrighted/pirated content.  A scrape captures the number of people sharing it  (seeders and leechers in torrent speak).

The dataset breaks down as follows:

 

Category % of Torrents
Movies 35%
TV 20%
Porn 9%
Misc 7%
Audio 7%
Music Videos 6%
Apps 6%
Games 5%
Video 5%

Not surprising that Movies and TV content are the two biggest categories being shared.  Maybe I have a dirty mind, but that fact that Porn is only 9% of my dataset makes me think the dataset is not 100% representative of the sharing ecosystem.

The way the data is collected and Bittorrent works, we can easily find out the number of people sharing a file at any given instant but it is hard/impossible to know the total number of people sharing a file over a given period of time.  So with that caveat, here are the average number of people sharing a torrent (at the measured instant):    

Category Sharers / Torrent
Movies  23.9
TV  28.6
Porn  13.6
Misc  7.2
Audio  11.9
Music Videos  69.8
Apps  16.2
Games  35.2
Video  14.6

An average torrent in Movies and TV are shared by 23-29 people each at any given instant.  What really stood out was that Music Videos are twice as popular as other video categories!

People really do want their MTV!

.INFO is the 4th most popular root domain in the US

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Quantcast publishes a list of the top 1M US sites.

No surprise .COM dominates.  For the US, 73% of top sites are .COM.

.ORG is #2 and .NET is #3… makes sense.

.INFO is #4????  Other than MTA.INFO I don’t think I’ve ever intentially gone to a .INFO site.

Here is the full breakdown:

TLD Count %
.com 731129 73.45%
.org 106032 10.65%
.net 56819 5.71%
.info 11749 1.18%
.uk 10600 1.06%
.us 6873 0.69%
.ca 5746 0.58%
.de 5177 0.52%
.ru 4634 0.47%
.biz 4409 0.44%
.au 3908 0.39%
.edu 3547 0.36%
.gov 2525 0.25%
.tv 1887 0.19%
.in 1802 0.18%
.co 1734 0.17%
.eu 1718 0.17%
.pl 1673 0.17%
.it 1615 0.16%
.nl 1575 0.16%
All others 30306 3.04%
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