Announcing Clicky for your iPhone

We released a sneak peak of our new iPhone interface on Friday to some of our users, but we are announcing it officially today. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, you can point it to and use an interface designed specifically for the iPhone.

Please note, this is not meant as a full replacement of Clicky, but rather a supplement for on-the-go. It has most of the features of the desktop service, but it's lacking a few such as visitor filtering and Spy. We know how much you all love Spy and we would like to add that in the future, but the performance on the iPhone is really bad for that type of thing. We'll see what we can do in the future, though! Update: Spy has been added!

We were originally going to make this a full blown "app", but Apple's approval process is a big steaming pile of blah. We applied over 3 months ago and have heard nothing back. This is just to get approved as a developer. I've also heard that the approval process for an actual app is a long time too. We just don't want to deal with that. I understand why they want to restrict "App store" apps to only ones they approve, but they really oughta allow companies to release apps on their own web site too.

Check out all the screenshots on our iPhone web analytics page. Enjoy!

17 comments |   Sep 08 2008 11:43am

Google Chrome added to browser detection

Today Google released their new browser, Google Chrome, and we've already added support for it into Clicky, as can be seen by the screenshot below:

I think Google made a lot of good decisions with the design of this browser (each tab its own process, etc). I've been playing around with it for an hour or two and it's pretty slick. Until it adds a bunch more customization, however (more preferences, and extensions like Firefox has), I don't think I could ever use it full time. One preference I really need is focusing on a new tab when it is opened as the result of a middle click on a link. Most browsers default to making new tabs open in the background, but all have a preference to change this behavior. Not Chrome though!

Oh well. I still think it's impressive for a first release.

Update Well, Chrome is certainly a hit. We analyzed the data from all 45,000 sites on our service, and Chrome has a 2% global market share. We made this page that shows the live figure (updated every 15 minutes)!
19 comments |   Sep 02 2008 1:27pm

Flash detection with Javascript to disable line graphs automatically

Hey everyone, today I added in something to automatically disable the Flash line graphs if we detect that your browser does not have Flash installed. We think this will be particularly useful for those of you who check Clicky constantly on your iPhone, since it doesn't support Flash. This way, when you look at Clicky on your iPhone, it will use our old school bar graphs, but then on your normal browser, it will show the line graphs again, without you having to change the preference back and forth manually.

There are a billion flash detection Javascript libraries for download, but they're all huge because they do a billion things. I just wanted something that detected if Flash is supported at all, or not. So, I cooked up my own script. As usual, MSIE made doing something useful as complicated as possible. What would have taken me maybe 15 minutes turned into multiple hours of testing, testing, testing for MSIE.

It seems to be working really well, but I only tested it on fairly modern browsers. If anyone has any problems with this script (e.g., you have Flash, but it's not letting you use it), please let me know.

Also if there are any Javascript experts in the hiznat, please take a look at my code and let me know if you have any suggestions: FYI, I'm only setting the cookie for 1 day, so that if there any problems and I release updated code, the problem will solve itself in 24 hours. Once I'm positive this is working as expected, the expiration time will be much longer.
8 comments |   Aug 27 2008 6:35pm

New widget: Recent visitors

Yesterday we launched a bunch of widgets. Today, we're releasing another one that shows your recent visitors. I've attached it to the bottom of this post. Showing personally identifying information such as IP addresses would probably scare off your users, so instead this just shows their time of visit, location (name and flag icon), landing page, and referrer (if any).

Clicking on the time of the visit will take you to Clicky to view the session. Clicking on the landing page or referrer will take you directly to those actual pages.

If anyone has ideas for additional widgets, please do let us know.

Also, these widgets are now available for all of our white label customers, too. They are of course branded with your own product name instead of "Clicky".

4 comments |   Aug 26 2008 1:12pm

Tons of great new widgets to put on your web site

We've been hard at work on some great new widgets for you to put on your web site, and we just released them now. For a demo of all of them, check out the new goodies page. These widgets are available to all users.

I've embedded three of them below. They're all highly customizable and designed to be placed on a public web site to showcase any of your stats as you see fit.

To configure any of these widgets for your web site, simply click the "get widgets" link at the top of your Clicky dashboard. There is also a new sub-tab in the site preferences for setting up widgets.

The first 10 people who put any of these on their public web site and post a link in the comments get a free 1 year Blogger account, or $20 via Paypal if you already have a paid premium account.

20 comments |   Aug 25 2008 12:56pm

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