Google Analytics Launches Real Time API In Beta
This means you can now make queries about your real-time data and use that information in whatever way you please. One of the immediate use cases is to manage the content on your webpage. For example, you can query the API for the top visited URLs to construct a top trending content widget with the number of active readers. A site can also use what I call the “web counter 2.0”, meaning to display the active visitor count in real-time. Seeing the number of visitors also viewing a piece of content has a number of subtle effects such as creating a sense of community and credibility.
“Before Google Analytics, our site was based on the two principles of marketing: booze and guessing, It worked for Don Draper, but we weren’t that smooth. We could never figure out what was working or failing. GA was easy to install and easy to understand. Our learning curve accelerated immediately. We quickly started re-allocating resources to improve our guest experience. ” –Ross Twiddy
We are releasing the real-time reporting API in a closed beta and there will not be an SLA enforced against the data. As such please be cognisant of this when creating anything that will be customer facing. And as always we are extremely excited to see all the creative ways that the data will be used.
Happy Real Timing!
Posted by Linus Chou, Kasem Marifet & Ozan Hafizogullari on behalf of the Real Time Team