Anil Dash:

So we killed the whole dashboard. And replaced it with a simple stream. Now, not all of the data here are presented in a very compelling way yet, and of course we’re still working to shed our old implementation of basic charts and graphs to move into a stream that does much more to coach you about what you should be doing online.

I initially glazed over this article, but the concept has really stuck with me: using a feed of data on a dashboard to provide better context about what’s going on. The logic is much harder to build on the back end, but it’ll lead to much more engaging and usable tools.

Being able to provide interesting context to your users: “Hey, today you had a huge spike in followers!” will help them digest data.