How many views does your blog get from Twitter ?

Picture: Twitter developers

Soon you should be able to find out how many views you get via Twitter as today Twitter announce the release of its Web Analytics Tool.

We all love data, we love to see how much we are getting, where it is coming from and how long for.  Analytics platforms are popping up more and more each with more or different information.

Twitter have been keen show off its true influence since bringing out its own URL shortener http://t.co which automatically shortens links of over 20 characters. They said it was to protect users from malicious sites where you may get hacked or a virus as Twitters link service is checked by potentially dangerous sites.  However we noticed right away in our usual analytics tools that lots of our traffic was infact coming from Twitter, and one of the reasons we knew this was because of t.co. Not a surprise for Twitter.

Previous to that we saw that Twitter had acquired BackType who are involved in social analytics, they said then they will be developing tools for Twitter, So that is who is running this show here for Twitter.

BackType has been acquired by Twitter

With Twitter Web Analytics, we will get our wish for more data, more information about how much traffic is coming from Twitter, regarding links and tweet buttons.

According to the twitter developers blog Twitter Web Analyrics will be free,  will be available to a small number of partners in beta and will roll out to all website owners within the next few weeks.

Website owners….  So, I wonder if that means people with sites such as blogspot, blogger, tumblr will be privy to this information.

We will have to see.

Hope this helps

 

Malware Email spreading fast!

Hitting with force in your inbox at the moment is an email regarding a speeding ticket – Traffic Ticket – that you haven’t paid.   This email contains a Trojan horse, which is basically malware disguising itself as a safe program or application.

A Trojan horse…

 …may allow a hacker remote access to a target computer system. Once a Trojan has been installed, the hacker may have access to the computer remotely and perform various operations, limited by user privileges on the target computer system and the design of the Trojan.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_horse_(computing)

Many people are reporting being caught by or receiving  this email – it is American so if you are not in America you should spot right away that something is not right but you still may be tempted to click!  Which is what they want – Trojans do not self-replicate like other viruses they are spread manually by you.

Just don’t open the attachment!

The email appears to come from a reputable source @nyc.gov which of course is fake and is intended to frighten you into opening the attachment. Also another tell tale sign the same as on many Facebook scams is the spelling mistakes in the email.

We have seen something similar in the past and that was the Fake Parking Ticket Scam which also was included a Trojan horse attachment.

This is Traffic Ticket software is being spammed viciously to any email and any country right now some saying that they are received it more that once, so it is very likely that you will see this scam.

Always make sure your anti-virus protection is upto date.

Hope this helps