Big Board Mini Hack

July 31st, 2013 by David

You're probably familiar with Big Boards – you use ‘em, you love ‘em, and they’re a super easy way of keeping everyone in the newsroom in the know about what stories are trending online.

The original Big Boards (nerd joke) were made so they would be easy to enhance and modify. We tried to do the same with our Big Board, so we open-sourced the code for you to tinker with to your heart’s content. We also threw in a few added functionalities that might not be so obvious... here’s one of my favorites:

Author List
If you’re using Chartbeat Publishing you can append “&group=author” to the end of your big board URL to get a leaderboard style list of all of your writers sorted in real time by how many people are reading their articles. It looks something like this, but with your actual writers instead of the names of some Chartteam members: (hmm... I seem to be doing quite well today) I know a lot of you are fans of the Big Board, so stay tuned for future Big Board hacks and projects.