Real-Time widgets in Google Analytics' brings new sparkling magic with the addition of four new real-time widgets that you can and plug into any dashboard (new or existing).
Those new, the Dashboards feature in Google-Analytics is a great way to arrange a set of related custom widgets into a report you look at frequently.
To set up a real-time widget, create a new dashboard or click on the +Add Widget menu option of an existing dashboard. Pick any of the four widgets available in the Real-time: section and customize the widget.
For example, below is a widget that shows active visitors from Canada but split up by Traffic-Type--To set it ip, chose the 'Counter' real-time widget and gave it a custom name ("Canada Active Visitors"), then set up a 'Group by' on 'Traffic type' to split between referral and organic traffic in the widget. Finally, set up a filter to only show visitors from Canada.
In addition, you can also create and combine widgets, to perform many types of analysis at a glance.
"Using filters you can compare different segments of your real-time traffic. For example you can create two separate widgets that have different filters for the Country dimension (say Country==USA for one and Country==Canada for another) and you can compare real-time USA traffic versus India traffic, side by side," explains Google.
You can even go further and set up real-time and non real-time widgets on the same dashboard--check the screenshot below: