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a web-based service to track & graph information. users can create, sharer & embed their own data trackers as well as customize existing visualization templates, such as a weight tracker, a child growth tracker, a calorie counter, a workout tracker & a blood pressure monitor. currently offered visualizations methods include bar, line & area graphs.

track-n-graph is another social visualization website, quietly filling the space between Many Eyes & Swivel & the charting APIs from Google or Yahoo.

[link: trackngraph.com|via lifehacker.com]




I'm curious. What is the "space between Many Eyes and Swivel" that Track-n-Graph "quietly" fills? Do you feel that there is a defined "middle audience" between Many Eyes and Swivel that Track-n-Graph better serves? I'm interested in knowing what you think each of these visual data collaboration services does best and in what ways their audiences differ.

Thu 14 Feb 2008 at 5:02 AM
Stephen Few

Stephen, it should have read: "... filling the gap between Many Eyes & Swivel,(comma) & the charting APIs from Google or Yahoo". for which my apologies.

I meant "quietly" as Track-n-Graph was not "Techcrunched", as Swivel was, for instance.

Many Eyes, Swivel and the relatively unknown Data360 seem to be easily distinguished by the sophistication of their visualization and interaction methods (although I would be interested to see whether a lay audience can easily understand all of them). Track-n-Graph has no social media features, and tends to focus on convincing people to "track" their personal data, rather than fetch or share complex datasets externally. as I think "tracking" is already possible with Swivel/Many Eyes/Data360, their niche seems to be focusing on pushing a very narrow application domain.

btw: as some might read these comments in search of a data visualization niche... would there be a market for "data feed" visualization? somewhere I could simply "link" my Google Analytics stats to, my RSS feed, my Nike+ data, my Facebook actions, my email account? somewhere I have my personal Facebook-on-data like webpage? where I could then retrieve simple, embeddable graphs of these data-rich feeds, preferably without large company logos?

Thu 14 Feb 2008 at 10:06 AM
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