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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

instant traffic
I no longer keep track of things like this, but I did notice some interesting traffic stats for this blog shortly after Google Instant Previews rolled out. Basically, it looks like the in-page flyouts that Previews generates equates to unique pageviews — as though someone actually visits the website. They’re easily identifiable in the logs as a “visit” from Google’s servers.

This is surprising to me. I’d think that Google would suppress this, as it’s not truly a site visit. And while it pumps up traffic numbers, it doesn’t really help with advertising impressions. In a way, it’s fake or shadow traffic.

Of course, if those Previews lead to more eventual clickthroughs, I guess it’s worth it. It’s not like any of us have a say in the matter — the Mountain View behemoth is going to steer online behavior the way it usually does.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/17/2010 10:47pm
Category: Internet
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way westside
At present, the New York City subway system is contained within four of the City’s five boroughs. That might change if an extension of the No. 7 line into the Garden State takes off:

The plan envisions the No. 7 stretching from 34th Street on the Far West Side of Manhattan to Secaucus, N.J., where there is a connection to New Jersey Transit trains. It would extend the New York City subway outside the city for the first time, giving New Jersey commuters direct access to Times Square, Grand Central Terminal and Queens, and to almost every line in the system.

It’s a long way from conception to reality; this is basically a money-saving Plan B, after New Jersey has nixed the massive ARC rail tunnel project into Manhattan over cost concerns. Trenton could deem this alternative to be too expensive to bear as well.

But assuming this goes forward, I wonder how long it would take for the next natural step: Extending the City limits into New Jersey. Future projections routinely envision New York formally annexing adjacent Hudson and/or Bergen counties, mostly as efficiency measures. I think the 7 line would serve as a primer, both practical and psychological, for eventual assimilation into borough-hood.

If that works out, maybe the Metropolitan Transportation Authority can plan on extending lines into Connecticut, Westchester, Rockland… heck, all the way to Albany and beyond! Eventually subway tunnels will stretch all over the northeast, and a MetroCard swipe will take you from Plattsburgh to Atlantic City.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/17/2010 10:06pm
Category: New Yorkin', Politics
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