Collecting and Sharing Data

Butterflyzer has powerful capabilities for integrating data from various sources. Read about how to use them here.

Topsy Statistics

When you have the Topsy Search Engine enabled, Topsy metrics are obtained for Resources.

Topsy Web Page Statistics

Topsy gives information about how many Tweets there have been about a Web Page, and how many of those Tweets were "influential" -- that is, that came form a Twitter Author that Topsy considers influential according to the Topsy proprietary algorithms.

You can see this information in the Table View. The "All" column gives the total number of Tweets, and the "Inf" column gives the number of influential Tweets.

If you have the Scale Topsy Menu Item selected, the number of Tweets about a given web page will be used to determine how large to make the text or bubble for a given item in the Graph View. See Graph Settings for more details.

Statistics are also used to generate time plots and time lines. See the following sections for more on that.

Topsy Author and Tweet Statistics

Topsy also defines a proprietary metric for "user influence". See Topsy Influence Rankings for more on how that number is calculated.

You can see user influence by viewing Authors in the Table View. The "Influence" column shows the Topsy influence for authors who have had this data collected. (This value is often '0' as it is unusual for authors to have any influence at all.)

If you have the Scale Topsy Menu Item selected, the influence of a given Author will be used to determine how large to make the text or bubble for that author -- and that author's Tweets -- in the Graph View. See Graph Settings for more details.

Google Insights

If you're used to manually collecting Google Insights data you'll be happy to find out that Butterflyzer handles this for you. See Interest Query to find out more.

See Google Insights Terms of Service for important information about your usage of this data.

Collect Google Insights

To collect Google Insights data:

  1. Create a New Tag. For example, you might create a tag called "Apple". (You can use existing tags too, of course.)

  2. Hold down the CTRL key, move over the tag, go to the tool menu and select Collect Google Statistics. Butterflyzer opens a web page window and automatically navigates to the Google site for you. That information is collected and added to the catalog.

View Google Insights

To view Google Insights data:

  1. Collect Google Insights

  2. Open the Tag you've ollected data for.

  3. Select the Show Table Menu Item.

  4. Select the Tags Resource Type Menu Item.

  5. Click on one of the "Google" search items.

A list of values will appear for the data collected.

Create a Timeplot

Now, let's put all of that information together. You can create a custom Timeplot containing specific Web Pages, Google Insights, relevant Tweets, and Topsy statistics, and then easily deploy it to any web server -- all without any Butterflyzer runtime dependencies.

To create a Timeplot:

  1. Please note: Currently, Timeplot only supports XML data types. Before taking the following steps, first save the file as .bfkyxml. An update will fix this limitation.

  2. Hold down the CTRL key and move the mouse over the Tag you want to create a report for. From the Tools menu, select Create Timeplot.

Butterflyzer creates a report, saves it, and opens it in a special web page view. (Not the Browser, where web pages are usually displayed.)

The Timeplot html files can be found in a directory with the same name as the Catalog. To make your Timeplot accessible from the Web, simply copy that directory to your web-site. (You can use ftp or any other web transfer tool to do this. See your system documentation, talk to your system administrator, or visit your web-host service for information on how to upload files to your web server.)

Create a Timeline

A Timeline shows every Web Page that has an occurred date within a timeline panel. You can filter the entries using facets, so that web users can select documents based on Semantic Tag and other criteria.

To create a Timeline:

  1. Please note: Currently, Timeplot only supports XML data types. Before taking the following steps, first save the file as .bfkyxml. An update will fix this limitation.

  2. Hold down the CTRL key and move the mouse over the Tag you want to create a report for. From the Tools menu, select Create Timeline.

Butterflyzer creates a report, saves it, and opens it in a special web page view. (Not the Browser, where web pages are usually displayed.)