A few months ago Google bought Urchin, provider of web analytics software ‘used by over 20% of the Fortune 500′ and also, until their recent move, by TextDrive where this site is hosted. TextDrive seemed unable to re-negotiate a site license for Urchin (and began work on a home-grown Ruby on Rails solution code-named Anemone). Here’s the reason why: Google Analytics, released today, is essentially Urchin 5 for free. And I was just thinking about buying Mint.
If you’re looking for something more immediate (Google Analytics only updates every hour), try Tom Dyson’s Peastat a simple, free, ‘live’ web stats analyser which “looks at the last chunk of your log file to create real-time summaries of recent user activity” and best of all provides an Atom feed.
Today though, I’m just getting redirected to google.co.uk after logging in. (Still that gave me a chance to check out the five finalists for the Doodle 4 Google competition.)
Maybe they’re trying to sort out relationships with their paying customers first.