GetClicky GetsMad

Web analytics startup GetClicky sure was happy when we linked to them a couple of months ago to show early Google Chrome usage stats.

And now they want more.

They’ve got a new user-translation tool to make their site available to non-English speakers, modeled on the the Facebook approach. The first I heard of it was a couple of days ago when the founder emailed us about it.

But instead of just letting us know about the feature, he unleashed a barrage of criticism about our Facebook-love (Facebook would disagree), accused us of bias and says we’ll forever lose his respect if we don’t write about them:

Clicky analytics ( released a crowd sourced translation framework back in April, and we have just now made available the results. Our service is now available in 12 languages, all contributed and voted on by hundreds of our users.

I know you’re thinking, that’s great, now why the hell do I care? I’ll tell you why. Earlier this year, Facebook released a similar system, and you thought it was SO AMAZING that you had to write FOUR stories on the topic:

Many people think you write way too much about Facebook (myself included), and/or that you have a major bias towards them. Well I want you to prove us all wrong. Prove that you wrote about this feature on Facebook four seperate times, not because it’s Facebook and you love them, but because it is in fact a really cool feature that would be amazing for any site to implement.

Prove that you write about stories not because it’s a company you love, but because the company is doing something cool, even if it’s not the first of its kind (by the way, interesting factoid, Clicky is 100% programmed by ONE person (that’d be me), I wrote this entire framework myself. How many programmers does Facebook have? Probably a couple of hundred?)

Prove your integrity by writing us up for the same amazing feature, or you will simply prove that you do in fact have a major Facebook bias, and you will have forever lost my respect. I’m being completely serious.


Ok Sean. I have no idea why you didn’t just email us about the feature minus the insults. I won’t mention the fact that this me-too feature isn’t nearly as interesting as you think it is. Or that Facebook’s initial launch of the translation tool propelled them way past MySpace to 160 million monthly unique visitors around the world (which is why we continue to mention it). Or that polite emails tend to lead towards better results than this. No, insulting us was definitely the right approach. Here’s your post.