Yet another social media mining operation designed to track every bit of intel said about brands, people, politics and more.
From a translation of their site:
Our solutions simplify the identification of influential communities and monitoring of their conversations, to the benefit of businesses, communication agencies or research institutes.The highlighting was added to help you see how it facilitates spying on your ass without going to much effort to do so.
RTGI's approach allows the analysis of the links and content generated by the citizens, journalists, consumers or activists, to draw the contours of communities conversations around your issues, brands and products and their real impact on your image online. RTGI have elaborated the linkfluence to give a unit of reliable measurement of the influence of the social web sites.
Heck, the French government is in their list of clients!
Sheesh, didn't need to translate as they have an English .EU version too.
- Information Service (GIS) government
- Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Employment Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Employment
- Picardy Regional Council (RENUPI)
Oh well, I'm not rewriting it!
George Orwell obviously didn't anticipate the internet and he was off by a few years, 24 to be exact, but his overall message of Big Brother watching us in 1984 is finally coming true in 2008.
Anyway, back to the details:
"mozilla/5.0 (compatible; RTGI; http://rtgi.fr/)"The IP's they operate from are:
126.96.36.199 -> sd-8985.dedibox.fr.The old address of 188.8.131.52 doesn't appear to be active since 04/13/2007 so I probably wouldn't worry about that too much unless you just want to block that dedicated hosting range for good measures.
184.108.40.206 -> t800.rtgi.eu.
220.127.116.11 -> merlin.rtgi.eu.
18.104.22.168 -> r2d2.rtgi.eu.
22.214.171.124 -> c3po.rtgi.eu.
inetnum: 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52The dedicated host they currently use has this range of IPs:
descr: Dedibox SAS
descr: Paris, France
inetnum: 184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11So there you go, another way to make your site part of the anti-social media by keeping the snoops out.
descr: OVH SAS
descr: Dedicated Servers