Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"I always feel like, somebody's watchin' me..."

"Somebody's Watchin' Me" by Rockwell.

So, I've got to share something just a little bit creepy with you all. First, in the interest of full disclosure, here's the deal:

I have a temporary stat counter on this blog that I put in place about a week ago just to see what kind of traffic it was getting. It's a free counter, which will only count up to 500 visitors, so it gives me very limited information for a very limited time. It's been great, because I've found out that people from all over the US and Canada have read my stuff. Also, I've had some hits from France, Germany, Peru, The UK, South Africa and Slovenia (mostly from internet searches for song lyrics, they come across my titles). I think that's amazing!

Well, I have to say, I'm really happy I had it in place because it helped me solidify my opinion that eHarmony is not a good company. Now, I admit that I have somewhat limited understanding about the backdoor world of the internet, so I guess there is a chance that what happened is perfectly normal or has a logical explanation...but it seems pretty creepy to me.

I posted "Birthday Indulgences" at about 1:40 yesterday afternoon. You might have read it - I expressed my discontent with eHarmony, their ownership of Wedingbee, and the fact that they are anti-LGBTQ. About 4 hours later, my stat counter shows a hit from an IP address at eHarmony.com (the business, not the website) in Pasadena, California. Creepy much?! Are they seriously checking up on people who express a negative opinion of their company?! I have to say, I've never been so thankful for the First Amendment in my life!

Now, as I stated before, there could be a more logical explanation than the inference that eHarmony is in the routine practice of searching for negative noise in random blogs. If you can think of another explanation, please let me know.

Maybe then I'll feel a little less dirty. :-)

1 comment:

Katy said...

It might not be that they are looking for negativeness (is that even a word?) but that they are looking to see how much people are talking about their business...that being said, it's still creepy!