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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Revolver Maps - 3D Display of Website Visitors

Revolver Maps is a free service that provides free tracking widgets which you can embed into your blog or website. The widgets are 3D spinning globes that display little dots on a globe. Each dot represents a visitor to your blog. Revolver Maps offers nine customizable widgets including one that represents seasons around the world as well as blog visitors. I've embedded that widget below.


Applications for Education
I've heard and seen Jeff Utecht and Sue Waters advocate for putting visitor tracking widgets into your classroom blogs as a way for students to see how many visitors they get and where those visitors come from. In fact, Sue has this topic as the lead post on her blog right now. Putting a widget into classroom blogs shows students that they really are addressing a global audience.