Social Media Analytics on a Budget

Analyze Twitter in Minutes

Posted 3 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

I've built quite a few social media analytics tools over the years (Social Harvest, Virality Score, etc.) ranging from simple to complex to just what the client needed to support their marketing campaign. Suffice to say I've learned the tools of the trade and have built systems that do everything the more expensive ones do such as; Sysomos, Radian6 (whatever they call themselves these days), Viral Heat, and more (sorry if you didn't get a shout out). There's plenty...And they're all expensive (well Viral Heat isn't really that pricey, but... Read More

Viral News Search

Search current events based on how viral they are

Posted 10 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

In a short weekend I built a site, News Ox, to demo the power of Virality Score. News Ox is a viral news aggregator that does a real good job of presenting content about current events that is being shared across the internet. From there you can even filter by category or keyword, but that was just about all...Until now. Now you can search on News Ox. Or that is to say, you are searching part of the powerful data set within Virality Score, for viral news. Only 50 of the top results will be returned to you, but I felt that should be... Read More

Flexible Twitter Bootstrap Grid

Need more columns? No problem!

Posted 10 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

Twitter Bootstrap is a wildly popular CSS framework and I think it's great. It's seemingly replaced the Blueprint CSS framework craze and now most of the web looks like it was built with Twitter Bootstrap. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's pretty easy to identify. Let's change that, shall we? Perhaps the biggest tell tale sign here is the 12 grid system. Not that it's exclusive to Twitter Bootstrap, there's the 960gs, Blueprint itself, as well as many others that use 12 columns. However, it limits pretty much the entire web to... Read More

The Heatmap and When to Use One

Who Doesn't Love a Good Visualization?

Posted 10 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So I've seen a rash of heatmaps spring up across various analytic tools out there. They've become increasingly popular, but end users should be careful. Heatmaps have very specific uses and chances are you've seen a few misuses. Really what we're seeing is marketing gimmick. Obviously heatmaps are a wonderful tool for ocean temperatures and other weather needs, but what about web metrics? Actually, despite the increasing number of tools featuring them, the uses are limited. Here are a few valid reasons why one would choose this... Read More

Koding Review

Taking the New Kodingen for a Test Drive

Posted 1 year ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So Kodingen has been hard at work rebranding and rebuilding its online IDE. They are now just "Koding" and their new service offering is still in beta...But it's pretty awesome. There are a few online IDEs that I love, but I don't feel like they can replace my local development environment. Well, the new Koding may be a contender with its new version! All of the same old features that they had with its IDE and virtual machines that handle PHP, Perl, Python, and Ruby are here. Just redesigned a bit...And there's a terminal. How does it... Read More

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