Visits vs. Habits: What’s the difference?

One of the best features of WebHistorian is that you can learn more about your web browsing through different lenses. When navigating your own specific bubble chart users can choose to look at web site visits through the “all visits” tab, and the “daily habits” tab. So it’s important to understand the difference between total visits and your daily habits.

For example, when you look at my bubble chart through the “all visits” filter my Craigslist bubble is pretty large. Last month I moved across the country, so I was on Craigslist about 20 times a day for 5 days straight. Which is why, compared to some other sites, the bubble is so big. Because compared to other websites I visited Craigslist more all together.

However, when I go into my “daily habits” filter the Craigslist bubble drastically shrinks. Why is that? Well, because the daily habits filter measures how often you go to websites on a daily basis. I only went to Craigslist for five days, and for the past month I haven’t been to the site since. So the filter is showing that Craigslist isn’t a big daily habit. It was a daily habit for about a week, which is why the circle still shows, but compared to other sites I go to every single day it doesn’t show as large.

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