We’ve been giving the new Real-Time version of Google Analytics a test run for the past few weeks. Before the new version, as announced on the Google Analytics Blog, users had to wait 24 hours to get their analytics data, unless they went for one of the many paid real-time analytics services instead.
We can’t quite remember what life was like without it. Now it’s possible to check in real-time that everything is working when we’re setting up analytics on a site. You could do what we’ve done and set up a dedicated monitor in the corner to display analytics for your site, but then you’d never get any work done!