Industry analysts that cover the Web analytics space are dropping like flies. First, Bob Chatham of Forrester announced in December that he was leaving Forrester Research. (I've been sworn to secrecy about where he's gone until it's announced, but it can't be that much of a secret. I use Plaxo to synchronize/update my Outlook Contacts and Bob updated his business card to reflect his new position several days ago. So if you're dying to find out, sign up for the Plaxo service. Assuming you have Bob's Forrester e-mail address in your Outlook Contacts database, you'll get his updated contact info automatically.)
Then, on January 13th, Eric Peterson of Jupiter Research said on his blog that he was leaving Jupiter Research.
At this point, it's the analyst who has been covering the space the longest (since 1999) that's left -- me. Forrester posted an opening for Bob's position even before he left, and I'm assuming Jupiter Research will do the same, but it usually takes awhile for a new analyst to get the lay of the land. Or, as an unnamed CMO of a Web analytics company told me several years ago, "It usually takes me six to nine months to whip a new analyst into shape."
Given the general public's uncertainty about cookies and what Web analytics does, let's hope the new analysts are quick learners, as what we need is good, informed commentary on the subject. And as much as I think I do a swell job, three viewpoints is better than one.