$100 in Amazon.com cash added to prize pool

A Clicky user has donated $100 in Amazon gift certicates to add to the widget prize pool. Depending on how many jaw dropping entries we get, these will either be added onto the top 3 prizes, or will be split in two for $50 each to 4th and 5th place.

Thanks, Fraser!
1 comment |   Jun 28 2007 3:28pm

The Clicky API is here, and we're giving away a bunch of cash and free Pro accounts!

The Clicky API has arrived. We think you'll like it. Nearly every piece of information you can see from the Clicky interface can also be accessed via the API, and you can get it in XML, JSON (JavaScript), or serialized PHP formats for easy implementation in a variety of applications.

What better way to celebrate than to give away $400 in cash plus free Pro accounts? No, we haven't lost our minds. We want everyone and their grandma and their dog to get to work creating some amazing widgets for our users to put on their web sites or include on the "coming pretty soon" fully customizable dashboard. We thought some great prize money and a free pro account to the top three widget creators (as judged by us) would be a good motivator! First prize is $250 cash plus a free Pro account! WHOA!

(Note: You can make the pot even sweeter by donating a prize, whether it's cash, tangible goods, or something else you think our users would love. We'll put your name and a link to your site on the contest page. Contact us).

Do you have what it takes to rock our world? Contest details are here!

Oh, and we'd absolutely love you to death if you spread the word by blogging about this, telling your friends, or digging this story.

Hope to see some awesome widgets out of you guys!
5 comments |   Jun 26 2007 11:05am

GO BEAVS!

That's my school, baby! Two years in a row!

(Sorry, off-topic, but, school pride and all that...)
8 comments |   Jun 25 2007 3:03pm

A view from the clouds...



This is the new cloud view and is available for every "popular items" page (links, content, downloads, searches, search engines, etc). Any time you see those three little icons in the top right corner (click the shot to see them), that means you can view the current data as a cloud and/or export it to CSV, in addition to the old boring bar graph. Yes, you read that right! We now have data export as well.

If you are unfamiliar with clouds, they are very handy. You can fit more data in less space, and the size and color of words cues you to their importance, or weight. It also puts the "long tail" more up front and in your face, since it is ordered randomly when you first load that view. Don't underestimate the importance of the long tail. Our clouds also show you the "raw" numbers (hits and percent of total) if you hover your mouse over any of the items, so they don't just look pretty - you can extract real data from them too.

Whatever site, content, and date range you are viewing.... clicking between those icons will give you the exact same data, in three different formats. The bar graph shows your top 50, as it always has. Clouds show your top 100. And data export gives you your top 500. Clouds and export even work with FeedBurner items and clickthroughs! The only areas that don't have these new features yet are the dashboard, visitors, and actions. Actions would make no sense, visitors might work to show you who has been most active on your site recently, but I'm not sure we'll do that. Data from the dashboard will be available eventually.

Clouds are available to everyone. Data export is also available to everyone for a few weeks, but it will eventually become a Pro only feature, as has been stated here and on the upgrade page for a while now.

Update

We added the ability to export to XML and JavaScript. When you click the export icon now, a little menu pops down asking which format you desire. Why JavaScript? Oh, ye shall soon see, my friends...

9 comments |   Jun 21 2007 8:28pm

Multi-day viewing has (finally) arrived

Good news. Viewing your data from more than one day at a time has finally arrived. The calendar icon in the top right corner has been replaced by a new drop down menu that you can see in the screenshot directly to your right. The default options should please most of you, although we'd like your feedback definitely. It is still a work in progress but is well enough along that we want everyone to start using and enjoying it.

More "full months" will be available once that data has been fully summarized, which happens about every 8-10 days. We also plan to add in a "More..." link right below "Two days ago" that lets you select a specific date, maybe the old calendar will popup when you click that? Not sure yet. There will also be a "Custom..." link at the bottom which will take you to a page and let you select your own date range. URL hax0rz should be able to create their own custom date ranges already, no problem, but currently data is only available back to April 25 or so.

This feature works great with the dashboard. For example, try selecting June 2007 on your dashboard, and the range of dates shown for visitors, actions etc will change to the selected range, and the "top 10" will change to the top 10 for that time period instead of just one day.

The only thing you CAN'T do (yet) is filter your visitors by referer domain or search query from more than one day, as that is not fully optimized. So if you're viewing your dashboard for June and click "digg.com" from the incoming links list, the visitors you see as a result will only be for the "latest" date in your range, in this case that would be June 19 instead of June 1 through 19. This should be fixed in the near future, we hope.

Multi-day viewing is available to everyone right now, but in a few weeks or so it will become a premium only feature. Do enjoy, and we welcome your feedback.
17 comments |   Jun 19 2007 8:47am

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