Google Analytics

Many people probably saw that Google Analytics was released today, but probably not as many people actually tried it out. I immediately installed it on Béa’s Kitchen and was eager to try this thing out.

I have to say that this is probably one of the coolest things that Google has released, which is unfortunate since it’s also by far the worst user experience that I have had with any of their other products. The site was incredibly slow all day and unresponsive at times. Eventually, I received a notice saying that Google was upgrading accounts and that the service was unavailable when I tried to log in. Although there are FAQs stating that it takes a few hours for data to display in the cool graphs and reports in Google Analytics, I didn’t actually believe this; I’m so conditioned to getting everything on-demand these days.

There are broken links in the admin interface of GA, links to FAQs that don’t exist and other basic stuff that I’m really not used to in Google products. I’m optimistic but generally disappointed with GA so far.

4 thoughts on “Google Analytics”

  1. What are your thoughts about the privacy/big brother concerns that geeks are squeeling about? How about the concern that it uses JavaScript, and that “google could change the entier appearnce of your website” and “no sane webmaster would put that on their site”?

    Did you create a new google account for Bea’s Kitchen or did you tie it to everything else google knows about you?

  2. I’m aware of the privacy issues, but I’m going to experiment with this service for a while.

    The javascript issue is something to be concerned about if you really mistrust Google that much. We’ll see.

  3. I installed it on my site and when I went to confirm it said it couldn’t be found. I’ll try again.

    My custom ” took 20 minutes to build” tracking system is for the birds:

    http://www.medianotions.com/report.php

    I wish Google would release a tool that tells me when exactly I should sell my stock in them.

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