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Are Myspace Stat Trackers Evil?

By February 26, 2006 9 Comments

Myspace really does NOT want it’s users knowing who views their profile. If you aren’t familiar, there are a bunch of “spy” trackers out there that allow you to see who is visiting your myspace profile. I used whospyme.com and it worked pretty good. But no less than a week later, the stat tracker was shut down by myspace.

But today Kim showed me another one located at http://spy.myspaceplus.com. It works the same way. But when you copy the code into your “who I’d like to meet” section, myspace actually alters the code, thus disabling it. They are pretty quick to come up with something that disables trackers. And if that wasn’t enough, the nfiltrate myspace profile showed up with the about me section duplicated into the who I’d like to meet section. Weird. Myspace actually removed the entire section and replaced it’s content. How creepy.

So why doesn’t myspace want people knowing who views their page? What is so wrong? Would YOU want people knowing if you viewed their page? I could care less if people knew I visited their profile. I think it’s cool knowing that information. It also gives me an idea of how people are finding me. I had a few people google for totally random things and find my myspace profile – thus getting familar with my art/design and possibly making some new business. I don’t count on such things, but it’s just something that is really interesting and helpful. I have also found out I was on a few people’s top 8 that I never knew about. Cool!

But myspace is so quick to disable stuff like that. It does indeed violate their TOS, but why? Does it invade people’s privacy? I have heard from a few people that they absolutely DO NOT want people knowing they “spied” on someone else’s page. For what? They don’t want to be thought of as a “stalker.”

Maybe it would be alright if there was some sort of text on your profile that read “this page is being tracked by xxxx” or something. So people KNEW you were tracking visitors. You can do it with your OWN website, why not your OWN myspace profile? What do you think?

Join the discussion 9 Comments

  • Steve says:

    I’m with you- I had a couple of glorious weeks of spy service from spy.myspaceplus.com and spyspace.standoffish.com. Today I woke up to find that I, too, had the double ‘about me’ section and stuff. Myspace doesn’t seem to care about my statcounter.com code (which also records all IP addresses, just none of that cookie tampering stuff).
    I’ve been toying with the scripts all day but they’ve effectively killed of the spy thing for a few more days! ah well.

    Sure you could do it on your own website, but your myspace is really never yours after all.


  • Jeremy says:

    I was wondering what the hell happened to the code.

  • Steph says:

    my whospyme does still work… however it no longer shows me picture , name , or ip.. just time of visit

  • Troy says:

    Well, there are some other ways you could do it if you own your own web server. Just add an “image” like http://yoururl.com/scripts/tracker.php

    But you should probably keep it hidden so other people don’t find out thus resulting in myspace freaking out.

  • Sienna says:

    sorry if I sound stupid, but how do you do it with your own web server

  • WM says:

    I think it would be nice to see who was visiting your page, but I think people do get freaked out about being labeled “stalkers”. Honestly I’d rather someone stalk my myspace page than me…

    If anyone ever figures out any new way to view the viewers I’d like to know.

  • Alicia says:

    Well, when I began myspace a while back I had looked up a few people I knew years ago, wondering if they were still alive. Then less than a day later they requested I add them as a friend, as if they KNEW I saw their page! So, I’m guessing this is how they must have did it. I’ve always wanted to figure out a way to do this myself.

    So, recently I went to whosonmypage.com and it said everyone will come up anonymous unless they are a member of whosonmypage.com, which seems pretty lame to me. Did this happen to all of those other codes you guys tried? Or is this site just a lame version of it?

    But, now I just feel I’m too late, now that myspace is cracking down on these codes. This sucks!!

  • W0nK4 says:

    Im totally for myspace trackers… There isn’t any good reason why not to have them… I just wouldnt think it was that big of a dill… I have one on my xang account. ( its like having caller ID… ) Well hopefully in the future they will change their harsh “comie” ways lol…and let us have that choice… pz.

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