Google Analytics is the largest and one of the worst trackers. It's used even on sites that promote privacy, GNU/Linux, etc.

There are some free (as in freedom) and privacy-friendly alternatives:
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@ewm I wonder how much of this is legacy preferences. I know when I first used GA the other free/cheap options were vastly out classed.

@LovesTha @ewm do you really want to compare privacy with usability ?

@miklo @ewm i don't like it, but choosing a poor stat platform just because its better on privacy is not a choice many sites are going to make.

@ewm why would I want an alternative to google analytics? What good does it even do?

@schratze @miklo @ewm I use analytics specifically to track interest in my projects. If something never gets looked at or used, I know I can take it offline. If something gets a sudden spike in traffic, I can (sometimes) find where it's being linked from so I can thank whoever pointed people to it or answer questions or whatever!

@lomion @ewm I have a blog post on web anaytics scheduled for 20th Jan, will mention both #GoatCounter this and @Matomo


@Nachbarschaft @ewm Yes because the site seems to be about some series.And they even admin in their cookie banner that they do tracking 🙄

@ewm hello ! I've been having this ocnversations with a friend of mine, who implemented GA for its startup's site.

I've had a hard time trying to explain why migrations towards Matomo or others would be of an interest (from his perspective)

Would you happen to have more arguments, as I've fallen short of them quite quickly ^^" (his stance is "libre solutions are inefficient and are uninteresting from my business advertisement perspective") ?

@ewm Great stuff given them all a mention on the blog post. Thanks

@ewm What makes you consider it one of the worst analytics tools? I see people say this and I'm not sure I agree.

@ewm I use Umami and it's great! Very simple, and still allows you to get event data for tracking things like number of downloads/clicks with just a CSS class in your HTML!

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