Google Analytics Changes Graph To Show Only Days Selected

 

Starting a few days ago, it appears Google Analytics changed the behavior of the display graph based on your date selection criteria. In the past, if you selected a specific date criteria that was less than 30 days, Google would fade out the remainder of the days and highlight the dates you selected. Now, it looks like Google only shows the dates you selected.

This is a small but very significant change. I personally prefer seeing the whole 30 days on the graph, with Google highlighting that they are only using the days I selected. But not everyone agrees with me on that and Google has changed it to totally remove the unselected days from the graph.

The picture below shows a few days of traffic from my personal blog. In the past, it would show the full 30 days, and just bold those days I selected, now it just shows those days and hides the rest:

Google Analytics Modifies Chart

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Comments:

Jaan Kanellis

05/08/2009 07:58 pm

Any word on why they did this? I hate it.

John

07/03/2009 12:52 am

This change goes beyond personal preference in viewing reports and actually interferes with the ability to create meaningful daily reports. Without the historical data points I'm prevented from showing trending / context in my daily reports - an absolute analytics no-no. How could Avinash let this slip through the cracks?

Dave

08/11/2009 11:52 pm

Yes, I agree with everyone. This is really annoying. We've had it for months now and I just can't get used to it.

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