1. danielha

    Introducing Disqus Analytics. Testers wanted!

    Posted on August 31, 2010 by danielha

    Over here at Disqus, we’ve been working on something that we think is very cool. It’s called Disqus Analytics, and while it’s still in its early stages, we’d like to begin talking about it now. By doing so, we hope to learn from your early thoughts and offer a much stronger prime-time product when it’s ready.

    To apply for an invite, visit http://disqus.com/analytics

    Disqus Analytics is a new way for you to learn about the community on your website. There are lots of very good site analytics packages out there today. Disqus Analytics is intended to offer something different. Here’s a little background:

    The Disqus platform itself is a simple, powerful way to build a community on your website. Looking at global Disqus data, we are able to see that Disqus is working incredibly well for most communities — the amount of activity and conversations on these websites are rapidly increasing. But some websites cultivate their communities better than others. Some websites use Disqus more effectively.

    How do you know if Disqus is working for your website? Disqus Analytics is intended to help answer that question. If Disqus is working well for you, we’d like Analytics to show you in what way. If your site’s community is lackluster, we’d like Analytics to help discover why. We’re able to see an incredible amount of data from the half a million communities powered by Disqus; we can see what works and what doesn’t on a broad level. Analytics will help you discover these things for the sites you run.

    That’s the first goal of Disqus Analytics: we want to show you if and how Disqus helps build your community. Our second goal is to give you insights into that community. You’ll be able to find out who your most active, loyal visitors and what they’re all about. You’ll learn which topics are the most important to your audience and which days tend to bring out the highest number of comments. We’re building Disqus Analytics to be interesting and fun, but also productive and actionable in the data that it provides.

    We’ve split Disqus Analytics into four easy-to-use sections: Snapshot, Activity, People, and Network. The Snapshot page is a quick glance at your community’s pulse. You’ll see interesting facts, helpful numbers, and current activity trends. The Activity page serves as the detailed view for all the activity being generated in your community. Under People, you’ll learn more about your audience than just from looking at numbers and percentages. Finally, the Network page is meant to show how your community benefits from being connected to the largest platform of its kind on the web.

    Want to help us test and improve Disqus Analytics? We’re now looking for alpha testers. No, not just early-adopting beta testers — we’re looking for people willing to bang on an early product and give us regular feedback. The only requirement is that you must be using Disqus on a website for at least one month. We aren’t able to accept everyone, so if you’re interested, please chime in early!

    To apply for an invite, visit http://disqus.com/analytics

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