It's a heat map

It’s a heat map

March 16, 2010

Gadget, Lloyd

Warning, boring navel gazing post follows… So, I read about this service called crazy egg that lets you know where people are clicking on your website. It’s not free, but it’s on $19.00 per month. I was interested enough that I signed up for a month. Here are some more results:

Really I just colored on the screen and took a picture.

Click. Click, click. Clickity click click.

The colors are where the person came from

Dots don’t always line-up where you might expect them to, because they were taken over the course of about a week, but all displayed on this one page. Here are some random thoughts:

  • No one knows that the RSS graphic near the top right is a button/link.
  • “Most Popular”, “Videos”, “Drawings” and “Worst Day Ever” are good category names.
  • “Journal” and “More”, not so much.
  • Some people use the subscribe links at the top (they came with the theme).
  • “Misc” pages didn’t get much love. They are gone now.
  • A few people click on the delicious and twitter tabs. You know who you are.

There, see? I told you it was boring. But if you want, you can see the whole page and add any other random thoughts too.

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Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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11 Responses to “It’s a heat map”

  1. Brad Said on:

    My thoughts:
    * It’s pretty.
    * Lots of people click things on your site.
    * I knew that RSS thing was a button, but I don’t fully understand RSS, so I was afraid to click it. What if it would start World War III?
    * I like delicious things, but clicking the delicious tab does not bring me food.

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  2. Lauren Said on:

    Who spilled tiny Sprees all over our website? Mmmmm….. tiny Sprees….

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    • Rae Said on:

      It reminded me of Tiny Size Chicklets. Remember those?

      Reply

    • Lloyd Said on:

      Christina had a machine that made those dots that came on a piece, of what looking back on it must have been, cash register paper. It sort of looks like one of those blewup.

      Reply

  3. Richard Kassissieh Said on:

    Nice find! This could be really useful to inform design decisions for the front page of our school website.

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    • Lloyd Said on:

      I was thinking of that, but we’re right in the middle on a fairly major redesign of our school homepage. Different enough that I don’t know that what we learn would carry over.

      Actually, I’m really excited about the redesign, because I don’t have to do it. We’ve got a real designer working on it.

      Reply

  4. Curt Said on:

    Now wait a minute. Why are there dots way off to the left or way off to the right? Also there are dots under the tag cloud where normally nothing of content is there. Does it record clicks that aren’t even on a link?

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  5. Amy Said on:

    That’s neat!!

    Reply

  6. rachel in L.A. Said on:

    it’s lite brite!

    Reply

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