API contest deadline extended to August 12

We are extending the deadline for our API contest to Sunday, August 12, for several reasons. One is that we have a few developers who are promising to deliver something amazing, but they couldn't meet the July 31 deadline. For this, we are willing to wait an extra 12 days.

We are also extremely busy trying to make the service faster. You may have noticed that we are typically running almost an hour behind real time during peak usage times (USA). This is not acceptable to us. We plan to add additional servers within a few weeks, but there are also some optimizations we can do now to help alleviate the problem sooner rather than later, and this is priority #1 at the moment.
5 comments |   Aug 01 2007 1:47pm

Updates to the new dashboard

Some great updates to the new dashboard have just been released! New features include being able to set a few preferences for how trends are calculated, being able to pick and choose only the modules you want displayed, and being able to choose how much data is shown within each module. We also released some new modules, one for FeedBurner, and some others that are designed to closely mimic the functionality of the "old" dashboard, for those of you who liked that. Google Maps will be coming soon.

Now, we have decided to create a new page for all the customizing you want to do, rather than have the "live" dashboard be customizable. I know that it may be handy to be able to change the dashboard as you are using it, but realistically most people will set it once and leave it be. Having it on a seperate page also saves us from forcing you to download an 80KB JavaScript file when you load the dashboard. That speeds up loading time for you, and saves a bit of bandwidth for us.

So just click the pencil icon in the top right corner to access this new screen. At the top is a preference box to customize trend calculations, which includes if you want Today's trend to take into account the time of day, as well as being able to choose if you're single day trends should be compared vs the day before, or vs the same day last week (e.g. this Monday vs last Monday). There is also a preference to permanently choose the "old dashboard" as your dashboard of choice. But before doing that, please keep reading to learn how you can make the new dashboard look like the old one. Screenshot

Below that is all of your currently active modules, shown in a simplified form, and a new third column called "disabled". You can drag modules into there to remove them from your dashboard, or take them out of there to make them live again. Each module also has its own drop down box that allows you to choose how many results you want to see within that module. Screenshot

Unfortunately, we had to wipe everyone's dashboard layout, because it was incompatible with the new one. But don't worry, we're positive you would have wanted to use the new customization screen anyways, so no hard feelings! Plus, we added the ability to copy any site's preferences and layout to all of your other sites, so that will end up saying you a lot of time with any new changes you make!

The new default layout only displays "the basics", links, searches, and content, which is what most people care about. "Locale" and "Computer" are interesting, but relatively stable, so by default they are no longer shown.

There is also a new "layout presets" area that includes "old school dashboard", which closely mimics the layout and functionality of the old dashboard. Everyone who dislikes the new dashboard, we encourage you try this layout and see if it works better for you!
19 comments |   Jul 25 2007 2:16pm

Interview on Center Networks

Allen Stern from Center Networks just posted his interview that he did with me. If you are interested in learning more about us and our history, it's a good read. Thanks Allen!
1 comment |   Jul 20 2007 5:58pm

The new Clicky dashboard



The new Clicky Dashboard is designed to quickly and efficiently show you the traffic data that you care about. It is full of live refresh fun (many thanks to the jQuery JavaScript library), and includes the ability to drag and drop the modules to wherever you want on the screen. They'll stay there forever until you move them again.

The screenshot above shows a number of modules from the Dashboard. Take the 'Links' one for example. It shows your top 5 incoming links by default, but also allows you to view outgoing links and top incoming domains simply by clicking the appropriate link. Only that module is updated when you click items, making the dashboard very fast and efficient at getting the data you want.

Trend data from the previous period is shown on the right, in green if your trend is good, or red if it's bad. If you are viewing a single day, the previous period is the day before. If you are viewing a date range, for example the last 14 days, then the previous period is the 14 days before that.

You can hover your mouse over the trend to see a tooltip that defines the previous period for you and gives you the value. Clicking on the trend is where things get a lot more interesting, though. The module will instantly refresh and show you trend data for just that one item, either from the last 14 days if you are viewing single days, or the last 10 periods if you are viewing a date range. Screenshot

Overall, it's a lot of fun, especially the trend data. Ideas from the new Dashboard will be implemented into the rest of the site over the coming weeks, so the whole site will work like this rather than just the dashboard.

Please spread the word on your blog! We think the new interface is awesome and we want everyone to know about it. :)

I have a bad feeling that our page view count is going to take a nose dive because of this, since module refreshes on the Dashboard aren't counted as page views, and you can get almost all the data you want from the Dashboard now. I know the page view is dead, but it's been driven into us, and deep down, we care about it. On the bright side, this will provide me with a lot of motivation to get that Ajax API out the door, so we can log Ajax actions as well as page views!

In development is the ability to pick and choose only the modules you want, and choose how much data is shown within each individual module. We'll also be adding a Google Maps module. However, these features will be for premium accounts only! Detailed trend data (when you click the trend link) will also become premium only, but is available to everyone right now.

Speaking of premium, a quick announcement: The API and data export have been available to all users for the API contest and also so everyone could check them out. Come the beginning of August, those features will be switched over to "Pro" only. The API will have a few basic features available to all users, though, as is mentioned in the docs.

And finally..... the new functionality in the dashboard is what I'm really, really looking for in a widget to use with our API. I promise you right now that whoever designs a widget that works like the new dashboard will take home first prize in our API contest (unless there's more than one entry, in which case only the best one will win, obviously!). First prize is $250 cash, a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate, and a free 1 year Clicky Pro subscription! That's a total of $350 value, for one person. The deadline for entry is July 31, so get coding!
90 comments |   Jul 19 2007 9:24pm

10,000

Today we reached 10,000 registered sites. We also recently broke into the Alexa top 10,000 sites, our 3 month average is actually below 8,000 now. Not that Alexa is reliable measure of your web site's traffic, in fact, I shudder to think about how many financial algorithms rely on this metric. But, since everyone's always quoting their numbers, that's kind of neat.

Thanks for all your support, and help spreading the love.
14 comments |   Jul 02 2007 3:09pm

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