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I have a static html website. And I am receiving many incoming visitor, which are adding parameters to url

"?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0"
"?from=timeline&isappinstalled=0"

is it wechat or another website that automatically add these ? Or is this a bug ?

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  • Which 3rd party browsers? – William Edwards Aug 10 '14 at 15:57
  • looks like regular mobile phone browsers for Android and IPhone according to Google analytics. There must be something before/after opening the link that add these arguments. – lenzai Aug 10 '14 at 17:20
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I know this is old, but after going through some server logs, I came across the same parameters and I was curious where they were from.

I have found

from=groupmessage, from=timeline, from=singlemessage, isappinstalled=0

When Googling them, all I found are Chinese websites. This matches with other log data though. Whether the users location was china, an article about china or reading in Simplified Chinese, many times link back to China.

Eventually found MicroMessenger being referenced, which is a client of WeChat social media platform. So with a high amount of certainty I think that this messenger app appends parameters to urls for the purposes of analytics.

No bug here.

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    These parameters are added by wechat browser. – lenzai Sep 25 '16 at 1:59
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you have no control over these so dont worry about it. based on the timeline param i am guessing facebook is placing these on outgoing links. again, dont worry about it. if you want you can use analytics filters to ignore these params. or if can go to something like asp you could check for weird params and 302 redirect.

last bit, for seo value (if these links happen to be followed) make sure you have cananical url meta tag setup so the page without any queries is what google understands to be default.

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  • for canonical url meta tag, I thought, I should set google webmaster tools to ignore those arguments. Is there a way to indicate that in the html code ? I am not sure what you are referring to – lenzai Aug 12 '14 at 0:29
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Unfortunately these hits are categorized under "direct" by Google Analytics, but they are, in fact, not direct visitors but social visitors.

As another has suggested, this is indeed being added by a Chinese web service: WeChat.

WeChat is a voice messaging service in China similar to WhatsApp. It's one of the most popular social networks in China today.

The various possible parameters refer to what kind of link was shared: it could have been a text link, a link with an image on a private message, a link with an image on a group, or a link with an image on the "Moments" part of WeChat, which is where people can make posts for all of their friends to read.

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