Archive for January, 2007

How many bus stops ???

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007


Here is a cool picture of all Met link bus stops (Ferry stops), and schools in Wellington. Its looks like some nature picture with huge flocks of Pink Flamingoes!

Tomek was playing with visualising lots of points of the map and he created this picture of some of the ZoomIn data. Cool Huh !

Guide to using Private places

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Here is a simple guide to using Private places on ZoomIn. So lets work through an example. Let say you wanted to share the location of a party this weekend with your friends.

  1. Add a place to the site.
  2. Go to the privacy section of the place page (on the right hand side of the page under the map). Modify the privacy settings to suit.
    Note: If a place is private you won’t be able to view it or search for it unless you’re logged in.
  3. That’s it!

    Bonus tips: If you want to restrict access to the place to a group of people, you will need to ensure that you are a member of that group.

New ZoomIn Release – Private Places and Video Embedding

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

We’ve added a couple of cool features to

Private Places – now you can set a place that you created to be private, which means that only you will be able to see it.
Or you can set the place to be visible only to a certain group.

To do this, go to a place that you have created (or create a new place), and look on the right hand side of the page. You can alter the privacy settings under the ‘Privacy Settings’ heading.

Video Embedding – now you can embed Youtube and Google Video videos in your comments and place descriptions.

To insert a youtube video:

  • find the video in youtube
  • copy the URL of the page, it should be something like

  • paste it into your comment text, between some youtube square brackets, like this:


You can do the same thing with google videos, by adding something like this to your comments:


You can see an example of an embedded video at

Rankr stats

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

I’ve cast my eye over Rankr this morning, and I’ve been able to extract a couple of stats.

1) Spread of the different types of sites that kiwis visit. There are a high number of portal sites and news sites due to the number of locals and foreigners catching up with news. Also I have noticed there is a dramatic rise in the number of image / file sharing uploading sites. (10 photo sharing/ uploading in the top 100 sites visited.) And notice the small number of pron sites!

Type of Site % of # sites (Top 100) % of sites (Top 200)
Services 19.00% 26.00%
News / Information 18.00% 21.00%
Portals 17.00% 12.50%
Ecommerce 10.00% 12.00%
Uploading / Sharing 10.00% 7.50%
Blog Services 6.00% 5.00%
Social networks 4.00% 4.00%
Personals 4.00% 2.00%
Finance 4.00% 2.50%
Academic 3.00% 2.50%
Search Engines 2.00% 2.50%
Porn 1.00% 1.50%
Blogs 1.00% 0.50%
Kids 1.00% 0.50%

2) Origin of the sites visited in NZ. Kiwi sites make up just over a third of the content that people are visiting. Notice that china accounts over 10% of the sites visited.

Origin of site % of sites (Top 100) % of sites (Top 200)
global 44.00% 47.50%
nz 36.00% 34.00%
china 13.00% 10.50%
other 4.00% 4.50%
au 3.00% 3.50%

Rankr update

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

I’ve just added a couple of links to help research the blog activity of websites on rankr. Now you can quickly check what the blogspace is says about your site.

Check out Blog Activity on the site detail page. eg

We working on figuring out how to integrating the result of the blog activity into the site.

As always your feedback is appreciated!

ps. Has anyone used sparklines ?

Introducing Rankr

Thursday, January 25th, 2007


A while ago, I mentioned that I have been working on a “Web 2.0” application in my lunchtimes. After laying idle for several weeks, the app has received some much needed attention and is ready for its first release!


What is Rankr

Rankr is a tool that enables you to keep track of website ranking of your competitors over time. Every Tuesday, Rankr downloads the top 5,000 ranked websites based on New Zealand traffic via Alexa monitoring system. Rankr has been monitoring the top websites since September 2006.

Rankr has a number of basic features like: search, graphs, rss etc. to help to track your website.

One last thing, before I get inundated with questions if you’re site doesn’t feature that means its not ranked in the top 5000 visited sites in NZ. Sorry!

Kudo’s to Tomek, Nick and Daniel that have helped create rankr.

Mr "Summer of Code" to speak at CHQ Summer of Code

Friday, January 19th, 2007

&lt Scoop&gt

Chris Di Bona creator of the Google Summer of Code and open source guru is confirmed to speak at Creative HQ Summer of Code seminar series in February.

More details to follow soon.


Visualisation Periodic Table

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Have you ever been looking for the right type of diagram to visualise your idea or process ?

Look no further, here is a visualation periodic table.

There were plenty of MBA flashbacks in the Compound visualation section, bcg matrix, five forces, stakeholder maps, affinity diagram etc.

Kudos to the Visual Literacy org for putting it together!

Tag Cloud

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

We just added a tag cloud to Now you can see all the tags we have.

One cool feature if hover over the tag you’ll get a tool tip of how many places feature that tag.


Some popularity stats…

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

I wanted to have a look at drilling into some of the stats of popular places on the site. Here are a few of the various popularity stats from

1) Top 25 users of all time ranked by popularity of places that have created.

  1. projectx
  2. fourcorners
  3. viewauckland
  4. capital_soccer
  5. buses_wgtn
  6. benn
  7. dineout
  8. wotzon
  9. willisst
  10. tomek
  11. tagg
  12. dayout
  13. wellingtonnz
  14. tom
  15. travelwise
  16. cubast
  17. divemaster
  18. jac
  19. jamespole
  20. chart
  21. seanduggan
  22. nik
  23. nzcoffee
  24. shell
  25. soccer2

2) Top 25 users of all time ranked by relative popularity of places. (ie the popularity of the places / number of places – minimum of 5 user places created to qualify)

  1. tomek ( 1165 hits per place )
  2. capital_soccer ( 565 hits per place )
  3. staticnz ( 506 hits per place )
  4. sminnee ( 466 hits per place )
  5. willisst ( 364 hits per place )
  6. milton ( 350 hits per place )
  7. tom ( 320 hits per place )
  8. hadinnerjoy ( 280 hits per place )
  9. suzette ( 263 hits per place )
  10. dubh ( 252 hits per place )
  11. hindins ( 241 hits per place )
  12. rosslin ( 226 hits per place )
  13. barnaclebarnes ( 221 hits per place )
  14. nedbedrock ( 219 hits per place )
  15. grokbeer ( 218 hits per place )
  16. ptorrsmith ( 209 hits per place )
  17. dayout ( 193 hits per place )
  18. wellingtonnz ( 191 hits per place )
  19. nik ( 186 hits per place )
  20. surreal ( 186 hits per place )
  21. cubast ( 185 hits per place )
  22. dingobill ( 181 hits per place )
  23. threeta ( 169 hits per place )
  24. businessdynamics ( 162 hits per place )
  25. nzssra ( 162 hits per place )

3) Top 25 tags ranked by place popularity of tags used.

  1. bay
  2. food
  3. park
  4. restaurant
  5. island
  6. lake
  7. cafe
  8. bus
  9. accomodation
  10. bar
  11. metlink
  12. track
  13. school
  14. education
  15. lodge
  16. bed
  17. breakfast
  18. wine
  19. motels
  20. beach
  21. station
  22. house
  23. sports
  24. arts
  25. nature