Archive for July, 2011

Newsbeat, The Command Center For The New Newsroom, Opens Up To Public Beta

July 28th, 2011 by Dawn

Today, we’re proud to announce the beta release of newsbeat, the first real-time analytics service designed exclusively for publishers.

We’ve spent the last six months working with publishers from The Wall Street Journal and Forbes to Fast Company and Time to create a service that thinks the same way editors, producers, and content creators do - and gives them the tools they need to build a new kind of newsroom.

Newsbeat dashboard

Newsbeat gives your newsroom’s front-line team detailed information on every single page on your site in a way they intuitively understand. You can dive as deep as you want and find the diamonds in the rough.

But newsbeat doesn’t overwhelm you in a flood of data, it sorts the signal from the noise. Newsbeat’s finely tuned algorithms analyze every page in real time and predicts their expected traffic paths. newsbeat spike alert

 When something unusual happens, like a spike in traffic, you’ll be immediately alerted by SMS or email and be in the best position to respond.

Chevrons denoting acceleration of new visitors to your pages also appear on the dashboard, giving you an early warning signal that a story is about to blow up, or is losing its heat.

One of the key features of newsbeat is the ability to create personalized dashboards for every person on your team. The sports editor no longer has to wade through data on politics and world news to find the data that’s important to her. She can log in and immediately see her traffic, her stories and her referrers.

Newsbeat reporter view

A flexible user management system with granular permission settings means you only have to share the data you want, giving you the confidence that your data is secure.

Please check out the newsbeat product tour, sign up for your free 30-day trial, and join us in building the new newsroom.

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Coasting Past 4 Million!

July 26th, 2011 by Ben

We first hit 4 million active visitors across all chartbeat sites over a month ago, but now we can confidently say it isn't a one time thing. 4 million and cruising!! Thanks to amazing partners and some very forthcoming users, we know people love chartbeat but we're confident you'll absolutely obsess over newsbeat. We're really excited for the road to come!

Chartbeat Master Class: Martin Tajur

July 21st, 2011 by Ben

Today, we’re psyched to introduce a new feature on the chartbeat blog - the chartbeat Master Class. We have really cool customers who think of amazing and unique ways to use real-time data…so why not show it off? Who knows, using their tips and tricks might make your life a little easier, too!
Our developers LOVED this technique when they heard about it. It’s a no-nonsense, cool use of the engagement features on the dashboard. Martin Tajur, a web app developer for listhingspipedrive, and skitrackapp is always working to make his products better. But since his apps are in constant use, it’s tough for him to know when to push out changes, especially ones that require a server restart. When it’s time to push a change, Martin uses the engagement features to check what his users are doing and waits for them to stop writing before pushing the changes. That way no one gets disturbed. Pretty neat!  
If you’re using chartbeat in a slick way, we’d love to hear about it and maybe feature you in our Master Class series. Drop me a line on Twitter or email with your best move and if it makes the blog, we'll send you a righteous chartbeat t-shirt!

Sprucing Things Up Around Here

July 20th, 2011 by Dawn

We’ve been busy! Over the past six months, the chartbeat crew has more than doubled in size to 18(!!) energetic and eclectic people. And between our development, product, and community teams, we have a lot to say. We want to share some of the challenges that have come with tracking millions of people simultaneously across the web (and show off some sweet code), feature some of the awesome people who use our products along with the inventive ways they’re using chartbeat, and tell you all about new and exciting features and products as they’re built. Hmmm, did we hear someone say ‘newsbeat’? To share all this great stuff without giving everyone information overload, we’re reorganizing things a bit. As of today, you’ll find all developer and technical posts on the brand new Chartbeat Engineering blog. You should check it out! Product updates and other chartbeat community posts will stay here. And, of course, you can always get the latest updates for both blogs on Twitter. Now that you know where to find us, stay tuned! We have some fun stuff coming up very soon...