Numbers tell the whole story? Usually not. But in the case of Gawker and many of our other clients, they can be pretty damn important.
Nick Denton said it best on MSNBC’s Rock Center segment when he shows off the Chartbeat Big Board – your top pages, all prettied up for the big screen – and talks about just how important it is for Gawker Media.
These guys display the Big Board in every room of their office. Seriously. We’ve seen it. It’s up there so everyone – not just the research analysts and strategy execs in their back offices – can instantly see how they’re doing.
That’s how real-time data should be used. Front and center for everyone to see and take action on.
Are you guys using the Chartbeat Big Board? Take a pic and tweet it our way.
Video courtesy of MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/46662714#46662714
Introducing Event Stream & Notable Events for Newsbeat
Brace yourself: The right side of your Newsbeat dashboard just got a lot more action. We’ve launched Event Stream, a ticker-like feed of your site’s happenings as they occur. Think of it as “Breaking News: Your Site!” Think of it as ultimate real-time.
With Event Stream, you’ll be able to see the moment when Yahoo News picks you up, so you can raise the flag to the front-lines to prep for the ensuing traffic rush.
And you’ll see when your colleague hits her highest traffic numbers ever, so you can be the first to throw her a high-five across the cubicle wall.
And you’ll see a spike alert the second it happens, so you don’t miss the opportunity to boost that article on social media or create more content to support it or double-check that all those related links are ready to rock.
(How great is that little crown icon? It’s my favorite.)
Basically, you’ll see everything that matters when
And it gets even better.
Along with the Event Stream on the right of your dashboard, we’ll incorporate Notable Events into each section of Charts. Notables, in a nutshell, are the best-of-the-best events that we want to be sure you keep track of. So when you look back and see a spike in activity from last week, you’ll remember “Ohhh, right, that was when that Pulitzer-worthy piece on North Korea hit the CNN homepage.”
All you need to do is hover over those little gray circles and the Notable’s information will appear.
Our hope is that you use Event Stream and Notable Events to stay on the pulse of all the things that make your site tick. They should keep you even more informed on what important events on your site require you to take instant action.
As always, we want to know what you love about this feature and what you want to make sure we keep in mind for future releases. Let us know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve had a few of our European clients ask about the new EU cookie directive and how this affects their site’s use of chartbeat or newsbeat.
The EU law, which requires that all users are asked for consent before using any non-essential cookies, will have an impact on the cookies served by chartbeat.
Currently, chartbeat uses two cookies. One cookie (
_chartbeat2) is used to register if a person has visited the domain before (to calculate “new vs returning” users). The other (
_SUPERFLY_nosample) is used only if you go over your plan’s traffic limit. At that point the cookie is set and will disable the beacon from that visitor for one hour. The
_chartbeat2 cookie is valid for 30 days. The
_SUPERFLY_nosample cookie is valid for one hour.
For more information about the chartbeat code, please see our docs page.
We’re in the process of building support for a cookie-less mode of chartbeat and newsbeat. Once available, the “new vs. returning user” data point in the chartbeat or newsbeat dashboard will not be accurately reported if you choose to allow users to opt-in to chartbeat cookies.
We’ll send out an update when a cookie-less mode is available. In the meantime, please contact us at email@example.com
with any questions.
We first hit 4 million active visitors across all chartbeat sites over a month ago, but now we can confidently say it isn’t a one time thing. 4 million and cruising!!
Thanks to amazing partners and some very forthcoming users, we know people love chartbeat but we’re confident you’ll absolutely obsess over newsbeat. We’re really excited for the road to come!
Today, we’re psyched to introduce a new feature on the chartbeat blog – the chartbeat Master Class
. We have really cool customers who think of amazing and unique ways to use real-time data…so why not show it off?
Who knows, using their tips and tricks might make your life a little easier, too!
Our developers LOVED this technique when they heard about it. It’s a no-nonsense, cool use of the engagement features on the dashboard.
Martin Tajur, a web app developer for listhings, pipedrive, and skitrackapp is always working to make his products better. But since his apps are in constant use, it’s tough for him to know when to push out changes, especially ones that require a server restart.
When it’s time to push a change, Martin uses the engagement features to check what his users are doing and waits for them to stop writing before pushing the changes. That way no one gets disturbed. Pretty neat!
If you’re using chartbeat in a slick way, we’d love to hear about it and maybe feature you in our Master Class series. Drop me a line on Twitter or email with your best move and if it makes the blog, we’ll send you a righteous chartbeat t-shirt!
We’ve been busy! Over the past six months, the chartbeat crew has more than doubled in size to 18(!!) energetic and eclectic people. And between our development, product, and community teams, we have a lot to say.
We want to share some of the challenges that have come with tracking millions of people simultaneously across the web (and show off some sweet code), feature some of the awesome people who use our products along with the inventive ways they’re using chartbeat, and tell you all about new and exciting features and products as they’re built. Hmmm, did we hear someone say ‘newsbeat’?
To share all this great stuff without giving everyone information overload, we’re reorganizing things a bit.
As of today, you’ll find all developer and technical posts on the brand new Chartbeat Engineering blog. You should check it out!
Product updates and other chartbeat community posts will stay here. And, of course, you can always get the latest updates for both blogs on Twitter.
Now that you know where to find us, stay tuned! We have some fun stuff coming up very soon…