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05 July 2004 @ 12:12 pm
I never would've guessed  

Who reads your LJ the most?
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Biggest fan simon_jester
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I wonder how they arrive at this conclusion.
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The Watcherrimspace on July 5th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC)
Randomness. I believe it just snarfs your friends list and picks an entry at random, AFAIK there's no information published by the lj system on who reads your journal.
gwallagwalla on July 5th, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)
There's information available on who posts to your journal. I thought it might be using that, in a similar manner to the LJ Comments Stats Wizard.

You're probably right that it doesn't do any analysis. But I don't think it's random: if it was, it wouldn't give me the same result every time I try it. I think it uses a hash function on your username and uses that to pick a name from your friends list or possibly the friend-of list.
Alun Clewealun_clewe on July 5th, 2004 09:18 pm (UTC)
Well, I think a hash function would arguably qualify as "random", in that it means the name is chosen by an arbitrary method with no meaningful derivation. It just happens to be an arbitrary method which, given the same input, always produces the same output (just like many computer random number generators will do if "seeded" each time with the same number). Anyway, I agree that the choice is probably made with a hash function, just as is undoubtedly the case with all those other memes that choose between values based on your name and other input information to generate your superhero name, or how you die, or what have you.

In any case, it certainly isn't doing any sort of valid analysis. When I try it, it claims that my biggest fan is staedtler, who doesn't even have me on his Friends list and who I doubt has ever read my LiveJournal. It would have made a little more sense had it used the Friend-of list instead of the Friends list, at least...