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does anyone know what they are doing with it. Their search in their toolbar just delivers goto listings. maybe they want to add their own stuff to the goto listings they display. Anyone has ideas on how many searches they get?
When I came back, a glanced at my log files and saw that Alexa had spidered every single page I had just published, and they crawled it in the exact orger I viewed the pages. (I have their toolbar installed on this particular computer).
Now I've always been aware of the fact that data transmitted through the toolbar was used for crawls, but I don't ever recall noticing that they follow individual users so closely. (Keep in mind that I'm the only human being to ever look at the pages Alexa has been hammering).
It's a little freaky when you think about it.
Right on target WG.
Alexa is to the web what TRW and Equifax are to the financial world...they collect information about you without your consent. If you've ever seen the profiles Alexa has for each web site they crawl you would know what I mean.
The difference is this one little line can help your privacy:
deny from 209.247.40.
deny from 209.247.41
deny from 206.132.186
deny from 64.41.180
I don't know which of those ranges they are actually using at the moment, but I have caught (and automatically banned) ia_archiver in all of them over the years.
Alexa is the most dubious of all search engine enterprises that I am aware of. Remember how they planned to build a "continuous archive of the complete www"?
I've just looked that the homepage of alexa.com and seen that they've been a little bit naughty and have been taken to court. Anyone in the US who has downloaded and used the Alexa toolbar (pre v5) may be able to submit a claim. See the link on the homepage about court action.