LearnEnjoying Sparky – The new Alexa Firefox Add-on

Ryan
writes on July 27, 2007

Thanks to Twitter, I noticed that Thomas Hawk was messing around with a new Firefox add-on called Sparky.

It pops a cool little Alexa status bar in the bottom-right of the browser. It’s a nice way to get a quick feel for how popular a site is (if you trust Alexa, that is). I wonder if Compete is going to release a tool like this soon? (Their toolbar is the most annoying thing ever.)

Here’s a quick overview of Sparky (stolen from Alexa’s site):

Traffic Trend

Sparky’s trendline feature allows you to track a website’s popularity over time, plotting the traffic rank for the last 4 months on a handy little sparkline.

Reach Meter and Traffic Rank

Sparky’s reach and rank features give you a quick overview of a site’s popularity. The blue bar gives you an overall indicator – is this site popular or not? The rank number tells you exactly how this site ranks in comparison to all other sites on the Web.

Related Links

Sparky also comes with Alexa’s famous patented Related Links feature built right into the browser. Now, no matter what site you are on, Sparky can help you find similar sites.

Click Menu

With a click on Sparky you have immediate access to a wealth of additional information. Do a search for the site, find sites that link to it, see who owns it, where it is located, related links and much much more.

0 Responses to “Enjoying Sparky – The new Alexa Firefox Add-on”

  1. Yes, Sparky is an awesome little plug-in. I use it daily anlong with Google Analytics to see how my site is going.

  2. That’s great…although, I would be afraid of the flatliner every time I visited my site.

  3. Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for the info, although I might have come across some conflict within the firefox extensions. As soon as I installed it onto version 2.0.0.5, I couldn’t open firefox up again.

    Thought it might be worth sharing with anyone that may have come across a similar problem.

  4. Looks like a usefull tool, goign to check it out. Thanks for the heads up Carson.

  5. Hi Ryan,
    Cool status bar; although only as useful as the underlying data. Have you checked out Quantcast yet? Get your web properties on the free quantified program for accurate real-time demographics and reach figures. http://www.quantcast.com/quantified-publisher.jsp
    Cheers,
    Damian

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