Posted tagged ‘Analytics’

Woopra LIVE Web Analytics = FABULOUS!

October 2, 2008

I’ve used most of the web analytics packages under the sun since 1995 and I’m evaluating one that is in beta right now called Woopra. It’s slick. REALLY slick! [EDIT: Reminds me of a Bloomberg heads up display for web analytics.]

  • It’s FREE first of all. Powerful AND free. Nice!
  • It’s a Java runtime second of all. So, unlike my gripe with the likes of Urchin which always comes out first for that other platform… Woopra just works as a simple runtime app… wherever.
  • Thirdly, it’s LIVE. I don’t like waiting an hour for feedback of what’s working (or not). I don’t like tailing the log files much either. So… “live” is a big deal to me.
  • Fourth, the heads up display tied to mapping is SWEET! I really like knowing where people are coming from.
  • Fifth, the ability to engage visitors with a live chat widget is pretty clever. (Wish it was Jabber oriented… But still). So, come on by during “after hours” and see how the live “engage” function works.
  • Finally, it’s a simple script snip to add to your existing code.

A couple things I’d like to see… some kind of built in monitoring component… Basic uptime stuff. A Mac only feature I’d LOVE to see is “share this screen” functionality (ala Leopard iChat). Wouldn’t THAT be cool!? I’d pay a nice chunk of change to have a bit of “lead me” functionality so I can intervene with my audience. And, if there was an iPhone admin client… HOO BOY! That would be HUGE! Imagine a live analytics tool on an iPhone. How cool would THAT be!?

[UPDATE: I accessed running the Woopra script with my iPhone and while monitoring the site tried to connect the chat client with no success due to it being an embedded script.]

Overall, I can see myself switching horses really, really soon.