Tracking Mouse Movements On Websites

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Some researchers are working on ways to track your mouse movements when you visit a webpage. They think this will give useful info about links that you “almost” clicked on, or thought about clicking on, and which areas of a website are more interesting to readers. It’s might be interesting, or it might be useless. I recently noticed that when I’m reading a webpage, I tend to randomly move the mouse around and occasionally highlight words, sentences, paragraphs or entire articles for no clear reason. Hopefully I’m screwing up some tracking software somewhere.

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Kevin Joyce says:

Probably useless, but...

I actually will use the mouse to highlight text taht I’m reading. Especially when it is interesting. Its just a strange habit I picked up. But I really don’t think you could find anything useful in the data because most people’s habits are probably just random. It may be worth trying though. We do lots of things in life we aren’t aware of.

Duffman says:

Re: Probably useless, but...

I know I scroll back and forth with the mouse ball, sometimes just for fun. Back and forth, up and down, I hope some tracking developer is wondering what the heck I’m doing. I can’t really see this being useful, however. I think the randomness would essentially cancel out any useful results, and I think there would be much more randomness than people pausing over links but not clicking.

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