All the fun of IP Addresses

  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    I was interested to see the other day that CCP appear to have now introduced a function under your viewing history, whereby the IP addresses of the unregistered users who look at your profile are listed. Having done a quick search trawl through a recent few of mine, I think it is safe to say, in final conclusion, that the vast majority of these frequently mysterious searches are clearly coming from automated bots that operate from accounts placed all over the globe. On the one hand, this seems to take a degree of mystery out of the game as to who may possibly be finding and analysing your profile; on the other hand, it is quite amusing to think that search engines from Palo Alto to Norkopping are dialling up the details of your CCP profile for no particular reason. I'll think on this the next time one of those anomalous searches for 'hairy bear man naked' etc. turns up in my results!

    • 27th Jul 2010
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  • User Deleted

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    Hi Lee...

    IP Addresses CAN be very useful, especially if you have your own website, your own stats package and you have added the link to a CD's or director's email.

    You can second guess that IF there is a sudden peak of IP address, showing that your essential pages have been perused then that person may well have looked through your details.

    The more you categorize your website, such as V/O work, Corporate, etc., the more you can determine what your prospective employer has looked at...OR NOT...lol!

    I had to alter a title of one of my web pages recently as I weas for ever getting Thai students Googling "Book Preface", which brought them to my own "book preface" V/O page!

    Best wishes.

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • User Deleted

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    I keep getting searches from bots - looking for "nude pics" LOL - I think I can hear the screaming from here.

    WML!!

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • Peter Halpin

    Actor

    Why would someone programme a bot to search out our showreels?! (I'm not at all up with tech speak, but I don't think a 'bot' is something likely to employ us at any point!)

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • Peter Halpin

    Actor

    OK, this has got me all confused now...

    This was the info under 'unregistered user' - IP: 86.151.127.244

    Profile found via www.google.co.uk/search

    search terms: peter halpin

    When I googled that IP address it doesn't appear to be a real person!? How/why has 'something' been able to search for my name on google, then click the link to CCP?! I'm utterly bemused...!

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • User Deleted

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    ok I'm confused.....can someone explain the IP address thing? It's the location of the computers server right? And how can you look up how they found you using the IP address? I am SO not techy! :D

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    In simple terms every piece of equipment on the internet has an IP address that uniquely identifies it. By reverse tracing the IP address you can positively identify the exact computer or in some cases "robot" that looked at your profile here on CCP!

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • User Deleted

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    I seeeee! Thanks ForbesKB! Right im off to reverse IP all the ones I have. :D

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • User Deleted

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    oh how do i look up this info?

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • Guy Press

    Actor

    To be perfectly honest to reverse IP is a waste of time and effort from what I've heard, unless you're being stalked. In which case it's a necessity!

    Best to all and hope no ones being stalked! ;-)

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • Peter Halpin

    Actor

    Sophia - use this: psacake.com/web/eg.asp

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • Peter Halpin

    Actor

    Scrap that. This one maybe? www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • chris timms

    Artistic Director

    When you see search terms in your views, these will have been made by a human.

    Whilst bots index the pages on CCP and will therefore appear in your list of views they come to the site directly. This means they don't pass a referrers tag and so won't appear in your list of search terms.

    Yesterday we updated the system to remove reporting of the Google and Facebook Bots, so views should now all be real users or less regular bots (yahoo etc).

    If people find IPs confusing we can remove them, but usually we feel more information is better.

    Chris

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • Kris Haddow

    Actor

    The vast majority of these "robots" are the indexing servers that make sure you appear in search engine results, which are frequently checking back to see if the content of the site has been updated, so don't panic.

    If you're *really* interested in finding out where people are located, you can use a website such as www.hostip.info/ to look up an IP and see where the person is browsing from. It's not necessarily accurate, though, as IP's usually only trace back on this type of lookup as far as the person's host internet provider's local server rather than revealing the person's physical location. It will usually give a general idea where the person looked you up from at least.

    Where a map doesn't appear, the IP isn't "geolocated", in other words, the host or individual hasn't registered a location against that IP address. That's also normal and nothing to worry about.

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • User Deleted

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    Tres interesting!

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    Using a combination of hostip.info, google earth to identify the exact building and Streetview to read the sign on the door, I've just geolocated one of the IP address hits to a Suffolk Council run Youth Club in Lowestoft!

    This could turn into an obsession! :-/

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • User Deleted

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    Oh dear......it's an ex!

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • chris timms

    Artistic Director

    Also for those of you who obsess about stats, it might be nice to get some idea of how active your stats are compared with other CCP members.

    So yesterday, the most popular CV of the day (Helen R) was viewed 170 times, whilst the 10th most popular a (Mr K H) was viewed 55 times.

    So if you are being viewed over 50 times a day you're doing really well!

    Chris

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • Rob Talbot

    Actor

    Don't take the IP addresses off - they are especially useful for identifying "repeat views" from a particular account even if the actual location/user is hidden.

    • 21st Jul 2010
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  • Kirk Moore

    Actor

    Great, Chris! Now we can all get 'view inadequacy' to add all our other actor neuroses! :-P

    • 21st Jul 2010
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