As you may have heard, at Chartbeat we’re able to measure data about audience loyalty, engagement, and referrals. We strive to build the best tools possible based on our data to help our partners make better-informed decisions for their sites. That said, we know our talented clients are capable of doing great things with our data. Thus we make the Chartbeat API accessible to clients, giving them the opportunity to build great things alongside us.Over the past few years, we’ve been constantly wowed by all of the incredible widgets, programs and visuals our clients come up with by taking advantage of our API – from top page modules to quirkily-customized data visualizations to some clients even making their data available to the public on their sites.In this month’s awesome webinar we show you what you can do with the Chartbeat API and celebrate some of the more creative or useful projects our data-nerds and clients have built using our data.Already doing great stuff with the Chartbeat API? Share the fruits of your labor in the Comments section.Enjoy the webinar!
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:
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.
Numbers tell the whole story? Usually not. But in the case of Gawker and many of our other clients, they can be pretty damn important.Nick Denton said it best on MSNBC’s Rock Center segment when he shows off the Chartbeat Big Board – your top pages, all prettied up for the big screen – and talks about just how important it is for Gawker Media. tweet it our way.
Video courtesy of MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/46662714#46662714
Displaying data about your site, on your site, has become part of the standard user experience – from the number of Facebook and Twitter shares to the total page views on every article.chartbeat dashboard accessible to the public.By opening up their real-time data, Business Insider joins a group of other chartbeat users who are showing off their numbers:
- Before It’s News and politics.ie are using the chartbeat API to show how many active visits are on their site
- Midi Libre is displaying both active visits and traffic to top stores at the top of their home page
- Hark.com has a real-time feed of where their users are arriving from and what they’re reading
Active VisitsThe Active Visits Dial shows the total number of visitors across your entire site with the classic chartbeat gauge. You can customize color and size, refresh rate, and the widget label. Please note that you will need to proxy the api request to use this, so it’s a little more developer intensive than the rest of the widgets.
Active Visits by the Numbers shows the number of people that are currently on a specific page or across your entire site. It can show either the total number of people, the new vs. returning users, or the reading/writing/idle activity on a specific page or the entire site.
Mapping Your VisitorsThe Incoming Visitors Map is a simple mashup of Google Maps and the chartbeat ‘recent’ API call that plots the physical location of visitors to your site, along with what page they’re reading. The mashup is open source. View a live demo.
Top StoriesThe Big Board is a dynamic overview of which articles are trending at the moment on your site. As traffic moves around your site, the pages will automatically rearrange themselves in order of popularity and arrows will indicate the direction of the traffic to that page. The Big Board is an open source project. View a live demo.The Top Pages widget is a list of the current most visited pages across your site. You can select the number of stores to be shown in the list.
If you’re interested in displaying recent visits and referrers data, check out our Site Widgets page for easy-to-embed widgets. Or, if you want to build something from scratch, sign up for an API key and have all your data at your fingertips.
As always, we’re here to help. If you run into any problems installing the widgets or have an idea for other tools you’d like to see, let us know. Or, if you do something amazing with your chartbeat data, drop us a line. We’d love to see it!
We recently introduced chartbeat Labs, and have gotten a lot of positive feedback on the Big Board. Keep the feedback coming! We will also be adding plenty more experiments over the coming weeks, so stay tuned!Today we also added the source code behind both the Big Board and a small map example, both on GitHub. We’d love to see your forks of our experiments or your own projects using chartbeat APIs too. Please let us know if you have created something on labs@.We also recently gave a talk about our labs and architecture (and chartbeat in general) at the New York Times Times Open 2.0, the slides can be found here: http://bit.ly/9B4vX4.