Voyurl: A Look Inside Your Browsing Habits
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Voyurl: A Look Inside Your Browsing Habits

Monday, August 1, 2011 by cyberacoustics

I remember reading a study a few years ago where researchers asked people to report how much alcohol they drank in a week, then compared the self-reported answers with the number of bottles the research subjects actually put outside their house. The amount that people actually drank vs. the amount they initially reported were incredibly different. We’re not a truth-telling people, especially when it comes to habits we may be ashamed of.

So, what about your browsing habits?

How much time do you spend online? What are you looking at most of the time? Would you tell people? Would you share it with the entire Internet? Voyurl.com hopes so. By installing a plug-in to your browser, voyurl tracks your browsing habits, and shows you where you’re spending most of your time online. Sound scary? It’s really not. You can choose whether or not to have your data public, so no one except you knows much time you’re spending on Facebook late at night.

The best part of voyurl (for a stats nerd like me) was the graphs! You get to see how many pages you’ve visited, how much time you’ve spent online, and your browsing chunked out by days of the week. It’s fascinating to look at all the data and see where you’re browsing. And you can always see what other people are browsing, too, if they’ve made their profiles public.

Graphs from voyurl's

The long-reaching implications of voyurl are interesting. Eventually, you’ll be able to get recommendations of sites that voyurl thinks you’ll like because of your browsing history. This level of transparency is relatively new to the Internet, and a lot of people are cautious. Is this the end of privacy as we know it on the Internet? The real answer? Probably not, but it’s a cool way to discover new sites and maybe even learn something about yourself in the process. 

-Laine Towey, CA Marketing Manager

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