ClustrMaps and Our Site Visitors

by gwilson on Oct.27, 2009, under Uncategorized

index2I use the StatPress administrative monitoring features A LOT to see what type of activity our webpage receives, with one feature called “Spy” particularly interesting.  It allows me to see what countries (and sometimes what cities) our visitors come from.  I’ve marveled at the variety of nations and peoples represented as I’ve scrolled through those lists many a day.  Alicia Wyatt, our web guru for BIMS and a faculty member from Computer Science (and my assistant dean) has added a new feature to allow me to see over time what type of global attention the McMurry BIMS program has  received.  ClustrMaps is now one of my favorite features on the BIMS webpage. 

Although the BIMS ClustrMap is only about a month old, it reflects visitors from 47 countries spanning every continent but Antarctica.  However, ClustrMaps only updates on occasion.  “Spy” tells me in recent days our visitors have included folks from Latvia, Belarus, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Korea, Japan, and Ukraine, some of which don’t appear yet on the ClustrMap.  Can’t wait to see what it looks like this time next year!

Why is our program gaining so much attention?  Much of it is probably unintentional – someone does a Google search for a term used on one of our pages and they load our page in hopes of having a question answered.  But, some visits are very intential – someone visits the McMurry webpage and then clicks their way to BIMS to find out more about our program.  StatPress will tell me how a person found our page.  Either way, we hope they enjoy their view into our program at McMurry.  Tell your friends in exotic places to come take a look at McMurry Biomedical Sciences and get their country and city reflected on our ClustrMap!

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