[development] Community Analytics Package

Ken Winters kwinters at coalmarch.com
Wed Apr 28 15:45:27 UTC 2010

On Apr 28, 2010, at 11:35 AM, Brian Vuyk wrote:

> Fred Jones wrote:
>>> I think the most straightforward thing to do would be to use Google
>>> Analytics. It has an API now (and Drupal module) that you could  
>>> use to pull
>>> in data and build custom reports. The biggest downside I know is  
>>> that you're
>>> prohibited per terms of use on tracking individual users so all  
>>> data is
>>> aggregate.
>> Does anyone else really NOT want to use GA just because you don't  
>> want
>> to give Google even more information about your business? Or is it
>> just me?
>> Fred
> +1 to this. I've been gradually getting more uncomfortable with the  
> amount of data google posesses about me, both business-wise and  
> personally. I would love to see non-Google implementations.

In this particular case, the connection between uid and any other  
personal information
shouldn't really be accessible by Google, so I don't see it as a major  
stumbling block.
However, there are other reasons I'd like to avoid GA if there is a  
reasonable open
source alternative.

My biggest concern is that I won't be able to accomplish my goals  
because of some
arbitrary restriction put in place by Google, or otherwise being at  
the whim of what
they're willing to provide in the API.  There is also the issue of  
data ownership, and
the difficulty in retrieving your data from a proprietary system.

- Ken Winters

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