lizardx - 10:03 pm on Jun 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
grippo I agree, analytics is useless as a quality data source to google, it has be placed on the page physically, so it's as a data source not even remotely in the same ballpark as chrome and google toolbar, and google cookies and tracking onpage serp click throughs etc. Chrome and toolbar together have plenty enough users for google's purposes. And if you stop to consider, when did Chrome get these numbers? And when did Panda start. And penguin add to panda. Timelines fit nicely.
I can tell you for a fact that chrome sent back urls I used and that nobody else in the world used and that then showed up as 404 in wmt's, took me a second to remember I'd been doing dev work on test pages.
So chrome certainly sends home page visit data, no doubt about it. Nobody else in the world ever saw or visited that url, and no link ever pointed to it.