On a Spike in Website Traffic

After wondering why my website has seen a 250% (or more) increase in site traffic over the past week, I think I’ve found the answer.

It’s Taptu, a new search engine tailored for the iPhone.

Their bot, apparently, doesn’t behave like a bot. It acts like an iPhone, it serves a User-Agent string like an iPhone, so it looks, for all the world, or to a server log anyway, like an iPhone. An old iPhone. That loads lot of pages.

This, specifically, is its UA string:

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/1A542a Safari/419.3

And here I was, thinking suddenly that I was more interesting to ‘netizens everywhere. Alas, alack, and many alarums, I am not. It’s just a bot.

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