I 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!
Thanks to all of you who dropped by to take a look at our BIMS website. I’ve tried to keep it fresh and current and to write things that are fun and interesting. My approach must be working fairly well, as we have a pretty strong following of faithful friends and a growing influx of visitors from around the world.
One nice thing about WordPress is their “StatPress” feature which allows us to see where many of our visitors are from. For instance, we have a regular visitor from Poplar Bluff, MO, another from Richardson, TX, still another from Reston, VA, one from Vallejo, CA. Visitors from at least 30 countries have dropped by, representing every continent except Antarctica. In the last 24 hrs that has included the UK, Israel, South Africa, Malaysia, China, and South Korea. Most popular subjects of our visitors have been resvesterol, Winogradsky columns, college students, critical reasoning, and college teaching. Most people arrive at our site from Google using Internet Explorer and Windows XP. Just the type of meaningless information that geeks like me enjoy mulling over.
We hope you will continue to check in from time-to-time and provide feedback about things you like (or don’t) about our website, our articles, our photos. Help us do the best possible job of telling the story of biomedical science education at McMurry.