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I still wish this happened.
Elon sees more value in Twitter of course.
Whether Twitter will fly high or will see sunset only time will tell. But GA3 is certainly seeing a sunset on 1st July 2023.
The current version of Google analytics is actually the 3rd version of the tool.
Now, Google is mandating webmasters to migrate to a newer version- GA4 before the above-mentioned date.
This is truly a massive change for SEOs, analytics teams, and anyone who uses Google Analytics.
GA4 is very, very different from the current GA3 version.
GA4- What’s changed?
In short… a lot.
GA4 uses a significantly different data structure and data collection logic.
If I have to give you a one-line description of what’s changed? It would be this-
GA4 captures everything based on users & events. GA4 also integrates web and app data to have a more unified view.
In GA4, everything is built around users and events – not sessions, as we’ve been used to with GA3.
An events-based model processes each user interaction as a standalone event. For example, loading a page is an event, clicking a link is an event, downloading a file is an event & so on.
This change is significant because historically we relied on a session-based model which grouped user interactions within a given time frame.
I will not go deep into sessions now because sessions-based reporting will become history starting 1st July, 2023.
By moving to an event-based model, GA4 is more flexible and better able to predict user behavior.
A best practice about the implementation of GA4- You must implement GA4 via Google tag manager ((Google Tag Manager (GTM) is a free tag management solution that allows you to add and edit segments of code (tags) that collect and send data to Google Analytics & other 3rd party platforms).
If you are a marketer, I recommend getting help from a developer, and an analytics expert. Or hire an agency.
There are a few agencies that are doing a good job of developing analytics capabilities.
In case you want to get in touch with such an agency, ping me here:
Avoid implementing GA4 by yourself if you are not very certain of how it happens.
The numbers GA reports are serious numbers on users and business & you wouldn’t want to be in a spot if things go wrong.
Speaking of events, there are 3 types of events that you can capture on GA4:
1. Automatically Collected Events are collected… well, automatically; you will not need to do anything extra to collect a user’s first visit or page views
2. Enhanced Measurement provides events you can toggle on and off within Google Analytics 4:
So, scrolls, outbound link clicks, site search, video engagement & file downloads can be enabled by toggles (as represented by the above image)
3. Custom Events can measure anything that’s not automatically collected or a recommended event.
I will leave you with this much information to process today.
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