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 The calendar icon in the top right corner has been replaced by a new drop down menu that you can see in the screenshot directly to your right.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

Visitors vs Unique Visitors

You may have noticed your visitor count jump up a bit today. This is because it's now just showing total visits (sessions) instead of unique visitors. Unique visitor numbers will soon be back, when we introduce our new dashboard. In the meantime, changing it to just visitors makes the dahsboard load significantly faster, particularly for higher traffic sites. This is because we can tally new visits throughout the day with a simple +1, whereas "today's" unique visitors needs to be calculated everytime you load your dashboard, because some of them will be repeat, some not. The new dashboard will show visits by default, but have the ability to see unique visitors as well with one click.
10 comments |   Jun 18 2007 10:37am

WordPress plugin update

A new version of our WordPress plugin is available here. It now has a friendly interface to manage the options, instead of having to manually edit the plugin code (yuck). Many thanks to Clicky user Douglas Karr who coded the majority of this update, he knows a lot more about WordPress than I do.

If you have a previous version installed, be sure to remove that before upgrading. If you have any problems, please report them here, and BE SPECIFIC! Don't just say it doesn't work, that gives us no indication of what could be going wrong. Enjoy!
8 comments |   Jun 14 2007 1:03pm

Updates to RSS, Spy, and more

Few updates for you. IP tagging and custom data tracking have been fully integrated into both the visitors RSS feed, as well as Spy. This feature now feels much more complete. IP filters have also been integrated into Spy, so anyone you are filtering should stop showing up in there as well.

We've also added a percentage column next to the value column when viewing your "popular" data (searches, links, etc). The percentage shown is calculated from ALL of the data for that day, not just what's shown (the top 50). Screenshot. I know, I know, this seems obvious and is about as exciting as Google's announcement today that their Analytics service now makes URLs for your site into clickable links. Whoopee! I know. What can I say? :) Just happy to finally have it in the service. It does give you a much better picture of how popular a given item is. This will be even more true once aggregate data is complete.

Speaking of which....aggregate data is in progress. I don't think it will be ready by the end of this week though. Maybe this weekend, but probably Monday or Tuesday. I am a very thorough tester, so I'm taking my time making sure it's rock solid. It's going to be a great addition to the service. Perhaps another one of those "gee, about time" features, but again, what can I say. Just know that it's coming, and you'll love it.
3 comments |   Jun 14 2007 10:30am

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