Questions your engineer might ask you

This article helps you:

  • Supply your engineering team with information they may require during the instrumentation and implementation process

Sometimes, your engineer may have questions for you about how you want to use and classify data in Amplitude. Here are some common ones, along with some resources to help you answer them.

Could you provide a sample or example payload of the data issue you’re seeing?

The User Lookup lets you explore real-time data streams from actual users. You can also start by using Microscope in a chart, and then selecting View User Streams to drill down to User Lookup.

What specific user/group properties are you certain you’ll need?

Here is a guide to the events and properties that companies in specific industries need to get the most from Amplitude. Start there first.

How often do you expect user properties will need updating? Is updating upon profile changes enough?

User properties reflect the state of the user. They apply across all their future events until the properties are updated again. You don't have to send user properties with every event, because Amplitude automatically fills in existing user property values to an event until they're updated.

Why is this classified as an event property rather than a user property?

The subject of the property value determines the property type. If a property describes a characteristic of a user—like their location, language, device type, or referral source, among many others—then it's a user property. Likewise, if a property adds context to an event the user triggered—like the direction of a finger swipe or the title of a viewed article, for example—then it's an event property.

If your engineer is asking this, you should look closely at the event to make sure you've classified it correctly.

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June 17th, 2024

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