Voyurl Part 2 – Fun Facts and Colorful Charts

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Continued from Voyurl Part 1 – Watching Yourself Browse

I’ve officially been a member of Voyurl for nearly 2 months now and I have to say that I like what I’m seeing so far in terms of what information is available. I’m told that I have visited 4,337 web pages and spent 3 days, 20 hours and 39 minutes browsing in that time (2,698 sites and 1 day, 6 hours and 26 minutes in the last month alone). Other fun facts Voyurl has shared with me include:

Voyurl also provides a variety of different ways to look at the breakdown of visited categories. The visual presentation is enticing and made even better with the ability to hover over any section to get the detailed information about each category.

I think my favorite graph offered is the browsing patterns among categories. This not only shows the sequence of category visits, but the frequency with which you engage in that pattern. And to make things easier, hovering over a category shows only that category’s patterns, as illustrated in the second graph below. For example, I navigate from a news site to a technology site much more often than I go from news to entertainment.

Like any new online company in the beta testing phase, Voyurl has some kinks to work out. Some of the charts seem to show incorrect or incomplete information and the zoom functionality on others only works occasionally if at all. My biggest complaint so far is the categorization of some of the web pages. For example, Hulu’s homepage is labeled as Entertainment, but pages that actually stream shows are uncategorized. This miscategorization happens on other websites as well, leaving a large chunk of my browsing unrepresented in all of the category charts.

So far this information serves no other purpose than to be interesting and amusing. Voyurl tells me I have not browsed enough to get some information, including recommended websites. Hopefully I will get enough browsing in soon to continue with Voyurl Part 3…

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