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Google Analytics is More Addictive than WoW

Thursday, February 4th, 2010


It’s been a few days since we opened the Google AI Challenge website.  Since then, I have been having a bit of fun playing with the Google Analytics page that is attached to the contest website.  Google Analytics lets you slice and dice traffic statistics in all kinds of ways.  Here are some highlights.

Website traffic broken down by browser

I knew that usage of Internet Explorer was lower amongst students, but I didn’t expect it to be that low!  IE clocked in at just over 6%.  Firefox was the big winner, with almost half the unique visitors to the site.  My personal favorite, Chrome, weighed in second, followed by Safari.  What the heck is Opera?  :-)

Website traffic broken down by operating systemAlthough Internet Explorer has all but disappeared amongst students, Windows is still the operating system of choice.  I was surprised to see that Linux was ahead of Mac.  I would have been interested to see the breakdown of the different flavors of Linux, but the information was unavailable.

Most of the site’s visit have come from Canada at this point.  However, we’re about to launch a big push to raise awareness of the Google AI Challenge internationally.  I am hoping that by the end of the contest, this world map is all lit up.

Then there’s my favorite feature: the graph.  The graph appears on the front page of the Google Analytics dashboard, and shows your site’s daily traffic rise and fall over time.  It is all-consuming and addictive.  Must… make… the line… go… up!  The graph updates once per day at around 1 AM.  How cruel is that?  Try falling asleep at 11 PM like a normal person when you know that the graph will update in just two short hours!