Country Database Update

You may have noticed that the number of “Unknown”/”??” countries has been increasing since the graphs came back in June. This is because the country is determined by using MaxMind’s GeoLite Country database which maps IP addresses to countries. The version the crawler was using hadn’t been updated since September 2005 and many new IP blocks have been added since then. So the database is now current and hopefully the country stats will more accurately reflect where people really are. Some of the countries which should see increases are Australia, Costa Rica, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, and Thailand.