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 ListIf 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.
Video courtesy of MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/46662714#46662714
- 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!