As of 11 pm PST on Friday night, any website or blog using the popular and free web analytics service SiteMeter is not loading in Internet Explorer. This is significant because it’s worse than just one site being down and harming itself, because SiteMeter is an analytics provider any site that’s running it’s code is not loading in IE. This includes all the popular blogs of the Gawker Media network like Gawker.com, Valleywag.com, Gizmodo.com and more. Additionally popular gossip blog PerezHilton.com is also down.
The sites appear to start to load until the Sitemeter tag is rendered, and then get an “Operation Aborted” error from Internet Explorer which then refreshes the site to a blank page.
Since many bloggers and web developers use Firefox or Safari, they may not initially notice this is occurring, but I’m sure there will be plenty of user complaints flooding their inboxes and blogs will begin to sound the alarm. Let’s hope Sitemeter rectifies it quickly.
Sitemeter’s basic service is free, and this may be a case of you get what you pay for, but it’s been a reliable analytics provider for years. This may be a prime example though of the damage that can occur when using a free web service and the impact it can have on a business. It’s unknown whether Sitemeter Premium users which pay for the analytics application are experiencing the same problem.
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