Archive for December, 2011
Early Access has begun for Star Wars the Old Republic players who preordered the game. We are going to be the “Womp Rat Snipers” on the PVP U.S. Eastern server “Iron Citadel” playing the Republic side. Join us for some Imperial ass-kicking or some good all around fun! See you on the other side of the Galaxy!
The above image is a screencap from the backend of this site. I use this information to see what kind of posts people want to see. I check to see what google search results land people here on the site and try to offer more posts like those. Google recently decided that they were going to encrypt the searches of all logged-in users.
Google predicted that this was going to block about 10% or less of all search results from visibility. “Google software engineer Matt Cutts, who’s been involved with the privacy changes, wouldn’t give an exact figure but told me he estimated even at full roll-out, this would still be in the single-digit percentages of all Google searchers on Google.com.”
As you can see – my first day getting these yielded nearly 17% of all inbound search results being blocked. Now I understand the privacy issue I guess, but I’ve never been able to connect a specific IP address with a specific search result, but then again I’ve never tried to. Other people are reporting 13% and higher incoming search results blocked.
What does this mean for you on JOB? I don’t think it’s going to terribly change things, but it’s going to make it more difficult for me to see what people are interested in. Instead of being told exactly what’s bringing people to the site, I’m going to have to guess at the topics they’re interested in by looking at the most popular/viewed posts/topics each week and try to put more focus in those areas.
In other words… Not cool, Google… not cool.
Everyone who preordered the game should be getting an email from Bioware letting us know that the date quickly approaches. Preorder players will be able to gain early access to the game on the 13th whereas normal players will get access to the game on the official launch date – Dec 20th.
If you’re a preorder player, you can go ahead and download the game client and have it installed for your early access on the 13th. Click on the download link in your email. If you have any questions about the early access head to swtor.com/early-access.