Google Analytics still faces some challenges

Google announced a price drop (from $200 to $0) on Monday for its Analytics service which captures website statistics. While Google Analytics has a few extras, many hosting sites already provide visitor statistics and there are other free third-party services out there such as StatCounter.

The demand of new people wanting to try out the service likely exceed demand because the service kept going down (for “maintenance”) on Monday. By Tuesday it was again possible to log in and configure the service. However, even on Thursday, reporting was about 48 hours behind. By Friday morning, it appeared as if the data for Thursday was available but that the data for Wednesday was lost.

Also, switching between various Google services still requires re-Authentication. Looks like more work is needed on integration.