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I quite like Google’s monthly email on account activity. It is the Google way to offer free services, as well as treat users as special, that continues to command loyalty despite occasional exasperation with corporate thingies.
See this dashboard-
The medium range font shows persons sent/from statistics, and the color shades are done to empahsize or de-emphasize the metric
Colors used are black/grey, green and blue coincident with the Corporate Logo.
However some of the JS for visualizations need to be tweaked. Clearly the hover script ( an integral part of Dashboard design ) needs better elucidiation or formatting)
I would also venture my neck and suggest that rather than just monthly snapshots, atleast some way of comparing snapshots across periods or even the total time period be enabled- rather than be in seperate views. This may give the user a bit more analytical value.
Overall, a nice and simple dashboard which may be of some use to the business user who makes or views a lot of reports on online properties. Minimal and effective- and in keeping with Open Data- Data Liberation Principles. I guess Google is secure in the knowledge that users do not view time spent on Google services as a total waste , unlike some of the other more social ;) websites they spend time on.
Due to changes in Google APIs my earlier post on using Google Analytics in R is deprecated. Unfortunately it is still on top 10 results for Google results for Using Google Analytics with R.
That post is here http://decisionstats.com/2012/03/20/using-google-analytics-with-r/
A more updated R package on Google Analytics and R is here . https://github.com/skardhamar/rga
A better updated post on an easy to use tutorial on using Google Analytics with R using OAuth 2 playground is here.
- Set the Google analytics query parameters for preparing the request URI
- Get the access token from Oauth 2.0 Playground
- Retrieve and select the Profile
- Retrieving GA data
Note it is excellent for learning to use RJSON method as well. You can see the details on the Tatvic blog above.
Hat tip- Vignesh Prajapati
- (not provided): Using R and the Google Analytics API (r-bloggers.com)
Global Warfare is one of the latest games on Google Plus. There are lots of similarities between this game and Evony at http://evony.com
Global Warfare is made by Kabam https://www.kabam.com/games/global-warfare which is making a total of 3 games for Google Plus (out of 18) and it has Google Ventures as a strategic investor as well (and a member on the board). Google is clearly wanting to bet on online gaming with its earlier strategic investment in Zynga as well. It also acquired http://www.labpixies.com/ (which makes the game Sudoko Puzzles and Flood It but it has more games in reserve as can be seen at https://market.android.com/search?q=labpixies, so clearly G+ is being selective on Games directory at https://plus.google.com/games/directory)
is gaming the ace in hand in G+ plans for Facebook- time will tell.
Evony of course was a very good game, as it was also very similar (allegedly) to Civilization, and though its advertising campaign of semi clad characters draws flak, it got the worlds attention and recall. While Evony was situated in medieval world, Global Warfare is a modern warfare equivalent.
Features in Global Warfare-
- multiple player online gaming,
- social sharing and rewards,
- in game purchases,
- persistent world
- Slight clutter in gaming space (and lack of nice fonts!)
- Lack of help forums (or easy availability)
- Lack of in game search for searching or navigating alliances