A previous Feedburner tracking gadget I’d been using on my google homepage stopped working, and I had wanted one with a few more features anyway, including a historical chart — but one that had to be small. Sparklines, which were originated by the father of data visualization, Edward Tufte, would be a perfect tool for a case like this. So that lead to developing this mashup of these various ideas.
Features and Notes
- First things first: to see your own feed statistics, either turn on the Awareness API in FeedBurner for each of your feeds (preferred), or provide your FeedBurner userid and password to the gadget.
- Uses compact, expressive sparkline chart for historical trend (showing 30 days by default, but configurable)
- Shows current day’s number, with green/red arrow showing if it’s up or down from yesterday
- Easily add an almost unlimited number of feedBurner feeds (FeedBurner’s Awareness API must be turned on from your FeedBurner control panel)
- Choose to show statistics on FeedBurner’s circulation estimate (default), or feed hits
- In the sparkline graph, the blue dot is the point of highest traffic, red is the low point, and green is the current number
Let me know if you have any feedback or feature requests!