Glenn Jones has created a couple of very slick tools. I have installed his MapSurface tool this week, and you're welcome to check it out. Visit my site and press Alt-X. You'll see the MapSurface widget pop up to give you some general stats.
First, note that you can move it around on the page. Cool, eh? Now click on the "map" link to see an overlay of link data on the page. And if you'd like to see more, you guessed it, click on "more". Go ahead...I'll wait.
Impressive, yes? I'm very impressed. I like this approach: Build a useful tool, that's simple enough to use, and leverages very cool technology. Oh, and while you're at it, deliver a new way of thinking about analytics to the industry. Nice!
For us web2.0 geeks, he's not actually leveraging AJAX, but rather he's using "a combination of on-demand script loading and JSON data transfers." He's taken the time to give us a great write-up of some of the technology, which includes a reference to the very helpful Yahoo developer page on this topic.
Thanks for the great tool Glenn! Well done!
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