Google Updates Analytics Tracking Code

Google has updated its Analytics code, relegating the Urchin-based Javascript code as Legacy. The old code would look like this (urchin.js):

<script src=”http://www.google-analytics.com/urchin.js” type=”text/javascript”>
</script>
<script type=”text/javascript”>
_uacct = “UA-000000-00”;
urchinTracker();
</script>

While the new code to be installed on your web pages would look like this (ga.js):

<script type=”text/javascript”>
var gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);
document.write(“\<script src='” + gaJsHost + “google-analytics.com/ga.js’ type=’text/javascript’>\<\/script>” );
</script>
<script type=”text/javascript”>
var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-000000-00”);
pageTracker._initData();
pageTracker._trackPageview();
</script>

From the looks of the new code, security of the Javascript source would be in a more secure environment. I’ve glossed over the ga.js file and it’s not readable, compared to the urchin.js file, so I won’t be able to comment on the changes. Also, according to Google, you can’t have the old code and new code snippets together in one page, as it might screw up the stats.

Disqualification at the 10th Philippine Web Awards

Philippine Web Awards

I first read about this story from Abe’s blog and, frankly, I was a bit surprised about it. The story I’m talking about is the disqualification of Arts and Portfolio winner Einstein Arts (the main site has been taken down) from the recently concluded 10th Philippine Web Awards.

I’m surprised because I’ve been a judge for the awards for the past seven years and the issue of ripping off designs/copyright infringement had to happen in this major year for the awards. The organizer of the event since the start, MediaG8Way has already made an announcement that it is revoking the award and giving it to the runner-up based on the scores (yes, the sites actually given scores).

What does this mean for the web industry? Does this incident invalidate the Philippine Web Awards? Honestly, I think this whole issue should rock the web industry again and look inwards when it comes to ripping off and originality. However, I think it won’t. There’s a prevailing attitude of fudging originality to get the job done in the country’s web industry. It just so happens someone used a derivative work to win in the country’s biggest stage for the web industry. It’s tantamount to someone winning a Pulitzer with an novel cut and pasted from an e-book.