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This article was published on December 24, 2009

    Footprint: real-time web stats, for free

    Footprint: real-time web stats, for free
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    Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.

    FootprintWhile Google Analytics is a great product, one of the most frustrating aspects of it is the lack of any data about what’s happening right now with your site’s traffic.

    In these days of the real-time web, shouldn’t we have real-time web stats too? That’s where Footprint comes in.

    Using a chunk of Javascript code on the pages you want to track, this service from a Netherlands-based team allows you to see information about what pages users are looking at in real-time. All the usual data that you would expect about their ISPs, operating systems and browsers is available for each user, as well as individual users’ paths through your content.

    As a free product this is definitely worth a look, although it’s worth noting that Clicky offers a real-time tracking service as part of its paid-for full-featured analytics package. If you’re using Google, or another free stats service though, Footprint could be the perfect companion for when you’re feeling nosey about just what your visitors are doing.

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