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When it comes to user metrics, what should you log when you don’t know what to log?
When you’re first getting an MVP site off the ground, you don’t know quite what you might want to track. And might not have time to think about it.
If you log everything your users do, however, then weeks or months of data will be there for you when you need it most, to answer your questions right away. That’s why I’m excited about companies like Heap are doing, logging every single user click.
For those without Heap invites, or if you’d prefer to use Kissmetrics, I wrote a simple gem to do the same with KissMetrics, for all your user clicks that hit your web server: km_everything. It logs all controller actions by default, but you can set up a whitelist to give them more meaningful and product-manager friendly names, or a ‘blacklist’ to prevent certain actions from being logged that aren’t meaningful and would use too much of your KissMetrics event quota.
Excited about our brave new world of meaningful ad hoc analytics with reams of user data, powered by ubiquitous metrics. This data will then show us how to make our sites even better for our users.