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Mysterious activity of early August

The relatively new stats feature on LJ rarely delivers much of interest, but I did notice something interesting around 3-4 August when traffic to my account doubled:

I have to say that my posts on 3 and 4 August were not really sufficiently interesting to warrant that sort of attention, and my first thought was that perhaps a link to an old post - maybe, I flattered myself, the series on the Bloody Sunday report - had found their way onto some very populous but closed online community (a number of obvious possibilities occurred to me), and been widely shared around there, though with nobody leaving any comments.

But I do not think this is the case now, after checking the time distribution of hits over the two days in question:

Looks to me like this must have been a bot of some kind, passing by three times in just over 24 hours. Some new search engine, gearing up for a launch, perhaps? Has anyone else noticed unusual activity of this kind around that time?


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Aug. 26th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
I got a bit of a spike on the 3rd and 4th too.
Aug. 26th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Speaking as someone who actively writes such web crawlers - it doesn't have to be a "search engine".

Do you have any more logs of that activity? IP address? User Agent?
Aug. 26th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
I only recently discovered the stats page. I can't imagine why any (real) person would want to view my F-locked LJ and most LJ people view via a friends list so it's not so useful for me.
Aug. 26th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Massive spike in page views with no spike in visitors, has to be a bot of some kind, or someone read through your whole journal.

Strongly doubt it's a user though. Could however be a normal googlebot trawl, or any other search engine, do LJ exclude them from stats?
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