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Posted 26 January 2009 - 02:31 AM
Anybody know how to pull this off. I've searched for apps but haven't got anywhere. Thanks for any suggestions.
Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:34 AM
Posted 26 January 2009 - 12:53 PM
I set this up on one of my membership sites once, purely out of curiosity to see which and what percentage of users were utilizing certain areas of the site. When it was up and running I could tell you every single page any of my members ever touched. Fascinating stuff if you're into information overload.
Posted 26 January 2009 - 12:56 PM
Posted 26 January 2009 - 02:29 PM
That said they do have a Twitter API, correct? I'm pretty sure they do, but don't know how well developed it is having never used the service. If they have something there that would allow you see if a user was logged in when visiting your profile page or whatever app being used to access your tweets it would be a pretty simple process to drop those usernames, ids or whatever into a file or database.
Like I said, I don't use the service so don't know its capabilities. But since I assume there's some type of user authentication involved it shouldn't be too difficult to latch onto that information.
Posted 26 January 2009 - 05:10 PM
Posted 26 January 2009 - 05:43 PM
If it's any consolation I'm going to be tinkering with something here in the near future for a friend that's kind of the polar opposite of what we're talking about here. He does a bit of tweeting and wants to be able to track visits and (hopefully) conversions that come from his twittering endeavors. Apparently, it doesn't work to simply look for twitter.com referrals because roughly half of twitter users use an app to access the tweets. So too many show up with no referrer, essentially masking itself as a direct hit.
I've pretty much visualized a way to maybe do this, but I'll need to set up an account to test a few things first. Look for that one in a week or two.
Posted 26 January 2009 - 05:59 PM
I know this type of tracking was possible with Google analytics a while back (you could see all the twitter visitors in the reports because Twitter once passed through the info in the cookies), but now it's not - twitter stopped passing this variable through.
Anyway, if anyone comes across any solutions for this, please let me know. This would be another great way to save prospects.
Posted 27 January 2009 - 12:59 PM
No, I really don't see how there's any way they could know this. Of coruse, if you clicked through to their website rather than just their profile, that's another story.
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