Google is all about consolidation of data, there whole mantra is behind it. They have released oodles and oodles of services that I utilize (yes I’m a google whore – there I said it), but only minimal correlation between the tools other then a common login. Many of their tools generate reports or data that could be transformed into reports. Some of their services it’s almost brain dead that they haven’t integrated the services. Let’s go through the services and how I would design “Google Reports”.
The most obvious Google “products” I would lump together would be Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, Google Adsense, and Google Adwords. All four of these products are usually used together – so why can’t we get reporting for all three on one page? All of these products can give a webmaster an overview on where his site(s) are going and what he can work on. There is absolutely no reason to go through four different interfaces to get this information. Yes I can set up email reports from some of them – but a singlular report and page to view them at a quick glance would be great. If I click on something to drill down on it could then take me to to the specific related products page. While we are the subject of Google Analytics – a listing of recent page views ala the way statcounter does it would be great. To be honest that’s the only reason I still use my statcounter account.
Those were the four products that prompted me thinking about this in total from the beginning. Now let’s move on to the other products, video for example. Google Video and Youtube both fit different niches in the google video structure. Youtube allows you to upload video more quickly but has time and size limits, Google Video however allows downloads and unlimited sized and no time limits when you use their external (non browser based) uploader. Now Google Video’s reporting very frequently fails to work – loosing view and download counts so this needs to be addressed. But a report that would include subscribers, views, and downloads would be fantastic.
Feedburner should be tied into analytics also for the amount of information it gives you and stats, while I’m on a mini rant here when are we going to be able to inject adsense into our feedburner items?
Now let’s break into the quickies:
Google Base – ok I still don’t understand this product so I have no idea.
Browser Sync – The number of synchronizations and all machine that you ahve synchronized against.
Calender – Ok trickier but the number of appointments from a given day/month/week
Docs – Number of edits, number of documents, space they take up, and how many of your colloboration documents have had edits.
Gmail – Number of emails received, sent, spam caught, most frequent contacts, amount of free disk space.
Groups – could tie into Analytics if your the group owner but beyond that – number of members and messages – how many new messages if your just a reader.
Igoogle – um no clues
Reader – number of stories read
Picasaweb – how many times each photo was viewed, who has linked to it, and any subscribers
Finally webhistory – the amount of searches performed, and a concise list of sites embedded in the reports.
I would want to see report being able to be generated automatically on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. The ability to customize reports by date or time period would also be great. The ability to atomically email them to you at a preset time would be fantastic.
The last feature I would add is an open API so we could plugin new reports and send them to google to collect and have other programs able to fetch and manipulate the data on a client side. I know I’m asking pie in the sky at this point.
Google literally has all this data on us and more. They are preaching data portability and openness so why don’t they consolidate and show us more of the data they are holding. I’m not asking for all of the secret sauce just what’s relevant to me. Combing the original few things before I went into quickie mode though would be utterly fantastic and an excellent starting place.
Original From Journey To Get Paid: Google’s Next Service Should Be – Google Reporting.
Posted By Creeva Murkado to Journey To Get Paid at 4/11/2008 12:19:00 PM