41 Visitors from International Space Station – Control Room

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I look at analytics every day.  It’s somewhat of a compulsion.  Today, I saw a big orange dot and went to investigate.   There were 41 Visitors from International Space Station – Control Room.  In fact, it looks like all of my sites have become very popular with the International Space Station – Control Room!    I clicked on it to drill into their activity and saw that it was an April Fool’s day prank by the Google Analytics team.  Nice work.  I am sure you’ve made many search engine marketers very happy every thinking that 41 people were concurrently visiting all of their sites because of whatever tweak or content they just launched.  Oh, if only we could be there when their hopes and dreams came crashing down.

Screen shot of Google Analytics April Fool’s Day prank 2013:

41 Visitors from the International Space Station - Control Room

41 Visitors from the International Space Station – Control Room

It would be epic if the International Space Station really did visit everybody’s site and tried to pin it on Google.  I’ll be wearing a tin foil hat just in case.

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About Paul Mestemaker

Paul Mestemaker is a full stack engineer /Product guy who splits time between Los Angeles and San Francisco. He helps startups launch their MVPs and gather feedback through usability tests and live site metrics. In his former life, Paul was a co-founder of Mythly Studios and System Center Advisor and Head of Product at Close Inc. He co-authored a book on SQL Server performance tuning. He has been rated as a top speaker at conferences (TechEd, PASS, Connections, et al). He is also a guest lecturer at Colleges and Universities across the U.S. He was the co-host of a weekly tech news show with over 6 million views. Paul's proudest accomplishments is unlocking the "World Champ" achievement on Wordament.

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