So welcome to our newest thing - Chartbeat Highlight - by us, but mostly from you.
For years we’ve been running into images of your dashboards everywhere. Whether it’s screenshots on Twitter, Instagram pics, or Facebook uploads when you guys are having great traffic days or dinosaur-shaped spikes....
(Photo credit: http://twitter.com/roboppy/status/70947457894326272)
….you’re making sure the world knows they’re happening.And you should. Because all of these moments - from the Jurassic to the practical - are celebratory events that you worked stupid hard to earn (or, you know, you just happen to be in the right place at the right time and you got crazy traffic... because the web can be totally weird like that) and you should shout it out.
So we built Chartbeat Highlight to make it super easy for you to share that joy with everyoneThe next time something really great happens on your site just click the share button on your nav bar and we'll get you going. We’ll kick you over to the Highlight screen, and show you a live preview of what you’ll be putting out there. Specifically we'll show your current traffic, your total engaged time for the day, and a general trend line: all the fist-pumping information you could want. Then let us know long you want this thing out there. You can set your Highlight to expire whenever you want - keep it out there for a bunch of hours or cut it off after one. After that's all set up you'll get a link (with an adorable chart.bt shortener) that you can email on to Mom, share with your legions of Facebook fans, or - if you’ve connected your Twitter account to Chartbeat (and if you haven’t do it now. We’ll wait...), you can write a quick message and tweet it out right from your dash. It goes without saying, but to be crazy crazy clear - unless you explicitly go through this process we won’t share a Highlight on your behalf. Your data is as safe as it’s always been. Similarly right now only admins can share Highlights - so if you're not already one bug the person who set up your account to get it out there. So go share your Highlights with everyone and get yourself internet famous.
"I can't tell where those visitors are coming from."When we first launched the new Chartbeat we thought we'd give users one view for your traffic and one for biggest pages, so you could dig really deeply into both. While that was great for deep consideration, it didn't help you understand what was going on right now super quickly. And fast is kind of our thing. So this time around, we've brought your most important traffic source information right into your content view. But we know it's about more than just seeing that they're coming to the site - it's knowing what page your visitors are going to. Now you can hover on any traffic source and we'll show you exactly that. See if your Facebook traffic is going to the page you expect it to or somewhere completely different. Even better - in case you want to know exactly how other websites are talking about you - just click on any of those referring sites and we'll show you exactly page on that site they're coming from.
"It's hard to quickly see which pages are the biggest."
We wanted the Content view to have an always-changing set of boxes that quickly show which pages were biggest. While this approach looked awesome we heard that it was hard to look at a monitor from across the room and understand how stories were performing in comparison to each other. Totally fair.
So now, in addition to being sorted left-to-right, all the boxes in a row are the same size and the number of concurrent visitors is in big bold text in the upper left. No more mousing around and counting. Just quick insights right away.
"I can't see enough on my small screen."
We've got big monitors over here and our data tell us most of you have big monitors, too... so sometimes it's easier to forget about that (exactly) 4.74% of you on screens smaller than our minimum size. But just because you're not a big group doesn't mean we ignore your problems. For you, small-screen samurais, we've made things more responsive.
Now that big top bar scales down, so on small screens that bar won't take up most of your screen, it'll be proportionally the same size as our (even tinier percentage of) users looking at this thing on crazy huge monitors.
That about wraps it up for the Content View Updates. A bunch of changes that aren't reinventing the way you think about pages and traffic. But a bunch of changes that, hopefully, show you stuff about those things way faster.
I hope it helps, I hope you love it all, and - if you don't - get at me. There's so much more of this to come (and some really cool, totally new things just a couple days away, too), and we always want to hear your voice - it's what makes sure we keep rollin' out stuff like this on the regular.