Posts Tagged ‘Chartbeat Labs’

Send Us Your Big Boards!

March 8th, 2012 by Ben

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.

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These guys display the Big Board in every room of their office. Seriously. We’ve seen it. It’s up there so everyone – not just the research analysts and strategy execs in their back offices – can instantly see how they’re doing.

That’s how real-time data should be used. Front and center for everyone to see and take action on.

Are you guys using the Chartbeat Big Board? Take a pic and tweet it our way.

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.

Business Insider's Engage-O-Meter

Last Wednesday, Business Insider took it one step further when they launched the Engage-O-Meter, a customized chartbeat-powered widget showing how many people are on their site right now.

They also made their 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:

  • 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
If you want to join this growing list of users, we have a few tools and widgets to get you started. And don’t worry if you aren’t a coding genius – many of these options require minimal engineering skills.


Active Visits

The 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 Visitors

The 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 Stories

The 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!

chartbeat Labs code

November 5th, 2010 by Allan

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.

Announcing chartbeat labs

October 22nd, 2010 by Allan

We’re proud to present our labs section here at chartbeat. This is where we test new things, that might or might not turn in to full-fledged products some day. A chance for us to show some of our many cool ideas to the world.
The first labs project is “the big board”(1):

 

chartbeat big board for gawker.com

 

It is meant to be used on a big monitor without user interaction, and constantly shows an overview of the top pages of your site in real time. If you are a customer you can open the big board for all your domains on http://chartbeat.com/labs/. If you are not a customer you can see a demo of the big board for avc.com.
This is just the first of many labs projects. We hope to add many more in the coming months!