Google Analytics supports Flash event tracking

Google Analytics, the newly-free web-page stats tracking service has a support page detailing how to track Flash events. No special magic required, the Javascript just needs to be embedded in the HTML page before making a getURL Javascript calls to the 'urchinTracker' function with an identifier for the event. The event id needs to start with a '/'.

This could be helpful for making Flash applications more usuable - Flash developers tend to have less of an idea of how users interact with their Flash applications than website developers - simply because tracking HTTP requests has always been very well supported, but the interaction that goes on within a Flash movie delivered to a user has usually stayed on the user's computer.

Posted by Alexander at November 18, 2005 01:17 AM

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Wow and i was just about to implement this myself with php/mysql... This saves me a lot of work! Thanks for the tip!
Now all we have to do is wait for the Analytics site to start working again :)

Posted by: asji at November 18, 2005 02:53 AM

This works great if you don't mind button-clicks registering as pageviews. Haven't tried the service out yet, but what would be nice is a way of separating out pages and other custom events. That way you can find out what buttons are pressed on what pages, the total number of clicks of a certain button, how many people click button A on a page and click button B on the following page, etc.

And what would REALLY be nice is some non-js (i,e. webservice or xml socket based solution) to directly send usage statistics to the server. Keeping my eyes peeled...

Posted by: mray at November 18, 2005 03:25 AM

I wanted to ask you this: does the 'navigation summary' report capture the transition from one page to another via a link within flash?

Posted by: Theo Papadakis at December 17, 2007 12:55 PM

It has to be javascript because it has to be a client side request.

I am desperately trying to work this out to utlise it for flash banner click throughs with multiple landing pages.

The seperateion between each slide on the flash is sort of vital to this working.

Posted by: Avangelist at November 13, 2008 07:10 PM