MediaCreeper is a simple monitoring system for the public who want to see where the fourth estate are looking for information on the Internet. It presupposes that you are contributing and take care of your part of the surveillance. The aim is to try to add to the discussion of "old media" news coverage innefficieny. Do they write about what they read in blogs and forums?
If not, why?
By exposing what journalists and reporters are interested in, you can see if there is a discrepancy between what is relayed in media and what they read online. Often raised the question why the media does not write about things of interest to many citizens, and can be seen in particular blogs.
By entering a piece of code somewhere on your website, MediaCreeper will gather information about which IP addresses that visit your site. Anyone who surfs can hide their address or browse from a place other than the news room, so it's not completely optimal. MediaCreeper is not a way to get your statistics, but the functionality makes it possible to follow "old media" who browse the web.
The statistics, found on a page that is public for all. You do not need to register to begin monitoring "old media", it's enough to link to MediaCreeper. You can also follow the recent visits by an RSS feed. Just click on the icon that lead to the feed.
If the MediaCreeper-badge on the left has a red border, you are most probably surfing from an IP we are monitoring, thus being logged. In all other cases the the image appears as black and white an no information is stored.
Do you think anything is missing from the IP address list? Please send the IP address and it's owners name, the list will be updated from time to time with new ranges. Contact us by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. MediaCreeper has it's own group on Facebook and you can also follow us on Twitter.
MediaCreeper is virtually identical in appearance and function with the original Creeper which monitors Swedish government departments and bodies, the military and most political parties, the two individuals behind the respective website. We monitor two different things, the media and authorities. MediaCreeper was/is developed in some collaboration with Patrik Wallström though, who runs the original Creeper.
Some people have contributed to MediaCreeper with sound advice, suggestions, moral support, text and graphics, I would like to thank them;
Patrik Wallström, Mark Klamberg, Marie "Emma" Andersson, Ted Valentin, Martina Lind, Patrik Skoog, Johan Pettersson and Cory Doctorow.