Open sourcing Google Analytics wtih Piwik

Wondering how open source could help you manage the analytics of your website? Wonder no more. Piwik, formerly PHPmyvisites.com, is a new open-source way to track analytics on a website.

I will admit to having a mild fetish for Google Analytics. Yes, I wish it updated more often as I would gladly stare at a real-time traffic analysis for this blog, but perhaps it's healthier this way....

At any rate, Piwik (formerly Phpmyvisites.com) looks to be a reasonable (and open-source) alternative to Google Analytics. You can watch a demo of it here.

Who cares if it's open source? Well, perhaps you should:

Since Piwik is open source, SEO's can adjust it to fit their company needs. For example, publishing sites may feel that referrals from Digg, Google News and Reddit are more important than the basic search engines and set up their reporting to flag these referral trends first. Bloggers and affiliates may want to view the amount or quality of outgoing links and reference them with referrals and specific keywords, the possibilities are limitless.

Amen. The power to tweak. The right to fork. That's open source.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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