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Track Window Resizes through Google Analytics

Sparkbox has this snippet to help figure out how often browser windows really are resized.

(function() {
  var resizeTimer;
  
  // Assuming we have jQuery present
  $( window ).on( "resize", function() {
    
    // Use resizeTimer to throttle the resize handler
    clearTimeout( resizeTimer );
    resizeTimer = setTimeout(function() {

     /* Send the event to Google Analytics
      *
      * https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/gajs/methods/gaJSApiEventTracking
      * _trackEvent(category, action, opt_label, opt_value, opt_noninteraction)   
      */
      var $window = $( window );
      _gaq.push( [ "_trackEvent", "User Actions", "Browser Resize", $window.width() + " x " + $window.height() ] );
    }, 1000);
  });
})();

Note how easy it is to track events in Google Analytics. That can be used for just about anything.

Comments

  1. TJ
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    Pretty cool idea. Is there any reason you wouldn’t cache $(window) up with resizeTimer?

  2. Pretty cool yes but for which purpose do you track such events?

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