Google Analytics has been down several hours today (and still has sporadic problems). The problem was that the Java Script file that is hosted by Google and which is included in all tracked websites couldn’t be downloaded anymore. This means that all websites that use Google Analytics have been down, too. Browsers don’t render a site unless the Java Script files have been downloaded and if a Java Script download times out, the website in question needs around a minute to display.
Since we have been using Analytics on all our websites (gurock.com, delphifeeds.com and this blog), all our websites had problems loading. I just removed the code from our sites because we cannot trust Google Analytics anymore. Lesson learned: do not depend on third-party services that can bring your website down, even if it’s Google.