Friday, 20 June 2008

Social surfing

Remember the times when you where programming some shitty little page with php and all the book started with a counter somewhere on the page. This was a counter on how many people visited today and so on. Further the next chapter was a counter on how many people are currently on your website and if you really wanted to top things of you wrote how many logged on users and how many guest where online
Who is online
In total there are 1427 users online :: 96 registered, 4 hidden and 1327 guests (based on users active over the past 30 minutes)
Most users ever online was 8680 on Mon Mar 19, 2007 1:28 am
So why doesn't someone take this to the next step and make a browser addon where you can see who is browsing the page. Something that integrates into the status bar and tells you how many people of your community are looking at this page right now. You can leave a comment, you can chat with other people viewing the page, add some tags or rate the page. This would be like browser social networking. Of course you would have to sign up with a little picture and some information but I suppose you could get this out of facebook and the lot. You would further have to blacklist some pages. Like gmail, google search and so on, you don't want to chat with all the people that are reading theire email do you.

1 comment:

Slinky said...

I know little about it except I was abused by it the other day.

phpBB has a plugin for chat. It means the admins/mods/etc can open up and chat to visitors out of the blue.. it's a little annoying though because I like to have a bit of privacy when I'm reading stuff.