Sometime last December (around the time I was writing about website traffic), I deleted AWStats, the log analysis program which told me which pages on this website were the most popular, who was linking to the site, etc. In order to solve my website statistics fix, I signed up for Google Analytics, the website statistics program derived from Google that was previously Urchin. Since it was a couple of months after Google Analytics was introduced, I was put on a waiting list.
Google takes data privacy very seriously and we recognize that it is important to our users and customers. Only Google Analytics account owners and those to whom they give permission may access their reporting data. Google support and client services specialists may access reporting data for the purposes of customer support.
The interface is relatively snazzy, with the standard amount of AJAX and nice Flash-based graphs. My favorite feature is the geographic map overlay, which displays a world map and marks the cities where your website's users are located with orange circles. Cities with a disproportionate number of visitors have larger circles. As you probably have already suspected, the large circle in the northeastern United States is Cambridge.
There are also some things that I do not like. Analytics has AdWords integration, but I do not care about it because I do not use AdWords. There is no AdSense integration, nor any plans for it. You use your Google Account to login to Analytics, but it refuses to automatically signin, even if you are already logged in at other Google services that use Google Accounts, like GMail or Google Calendar.