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Connaught is clearly missing from this map of Ireland in Google Analytics

Mystery as Irish province disappears from Google Analytics

While trawling through Google Analytics earlier, as every self-respecting webmaster should, I noticed something slightly odd when viewing location data for Ireland; Connaught is missing. Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo, all gone! This is certainly a mistake on Google's part, although some have quipped that this may be yet another condition of Ireland's EU/IMF deal. Selling off Connaught should just about cover Ireland's debt, right?
Google's cryptic first tweet reads "I'm feeling lucky", I think
Social Media

Why Twitter is turning increasingly towards link shortening

Yesterday we reported how one could avoid Twitter's somewhat annoying URL shortener by using lesser known URL services like, or by keeping the URL length to 20 characters or less. Unfortunately, this hack will not last forever as Twitter does plan to wrap all links, regardless of length, with its own link service. Why? It's all to do with analytics.
Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate security update hits Ireland

Microsoft is finishing rolling out its latest update to its Internet Explorer browser to millions of Windows Vista and 7 users this weekend. Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate has been issued in February’s automatic security download for Windows machines running the two latest versions of the company’s operating system, Vista and 7.
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SME and social media, for hits StumbleUpon is good but Facebook is better

Statistics, it is said, are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. Earlier this month TNW reported, quoting Statcounter Global stats, that StumbleUpon had surpassed Facebook in the US as the site that created the most social media referrers. The article also reported it was the second most popular traffic-generating site globally after Facebook.
German visitors to The Sociable mapped in Google Analytics

German fallout with Google over analytics privacy concerns

Data protection authorities in Germany have ended year-long talks with Google over concerns that they have with the data that Google Analytics gathers on website visitors. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, German companies may face legal action if they are found to be using the free service from Google.