Yet Another Overwhelmed Google Launch

By Nathan Weinberg

Google has closed applications for Google Analytics, making it the third Google Launch that completely failed for capacity this year (after Google Web Accelerator and Google Earth).

Thank you for your interest in Google Analytics!

Google Analytics has experienced extremely strong demand, and as a result, we have temporarily limited the number of new signups as we increase capacity. In the meantime, please submit your name and email address and we will notify you as soon as we are ready to add new accounts. Thank you for your patience.

This is something Microsoft and Yahoo have never been caught doing. Its time for Google to stop underplanning product launches. Imaging if Microsoft launched a game console and didn’t have enough units for all the people who wanted it…

Oh, wait…

Well, there’s more of an excuse with hardware that needs to be ready for the holiday season than websites that could have been launched a week later with more capacity.
(via Om Malik)

UPDATE: Phillip says a lot of Google services have been experiencing slowdowns and downright outages lately, with even going down. Is anyone else seeing problems on this scale?

November 19, 2005 by Nathan Weinberg in:

6 Responses to “Yet Another Overwhelmed Google Launch”

  1. Ohadi Langis Says:

    Fed up with BETA projects?




    Yahoo 360

    MSN Live?

    What’s going on here is that software developers have thrown the burden of proving the usefulness of software products on to end-users. I’m fed up with beta products. I want real products that I know I can rely on.

  2. sidd Says:

    have you ever considered that google closing applications early might actually be a marketing technique? In the past, they have always allowed more applicants within a few days.

  3. Adam Says:

    Hmmm, I can never recall Google Earth having a problem. What was that about?
    Anyway, for those that DO have an analytics account and want to add another profile (perhaps for someone else) if you do “view source” you will see the link is still there.
    You are looking for “Add Website Profile” in the source - I’m sure you can work out the rest ;)

  4.»Blog Archive » Google Analytics doesn’t work… yet Says:

    […] Update 20-Nov-2005 ~18:30: Google has shut Analytics to new customers because they cannot cope with demand, this is so lame. More on the story here and in Google’s own words. In the meantime my stats have updates and even filled in the day on the 16th. The stats however are woefully inaccurate compared to those obtained by my raw log files. Now I’m not expecting the figures to be similar but I am expecting the relative values between the days to be similar and they are not. Could I be more underwelmed. • • • […]

  5. Kim Stian Ervik Says:

    They are not delivering much data, so I guess it is more of a tech problem.

  6. blog | next generation online marketing Says:

    huge run at google analytics

    in the past few days nearly every web user (or better every blogger) came across the new google analytics.

    the run at their service was as huge, that they had to halt new users from registering:
    “according to the google analytics ’sign up’ page,…

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