More treemap visualization with ColdFusion

Admittedly, making a map of my musical tastes isn’t that interesting. So how about this one?

What you see above is a treemap of the most frequent commenters on Ben Nadel’s blog. Because, frankly, he’s cooler than I am and gets far more comments. I took his RSS feed a few days ago, which had 30 posts in it. I spidered those posts and parsed out all of the comments and backlinks. From there I went through and got the favicon files and prepared this treemap.

In those 30 posts I found 245 comments from 85 people, not including Ben himself. Of those 85 people, only 23 had favicons on their website. That’s kindof sad, I think, as we’re web professionals and barely a quarter of us have favicons? Really?.

I then counted the number of comments per commenter, and ended up with this treemap. Of course, if you had actual long-term logs of your own website you could probably prepare a much more interesting treemap. But there you go.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I did have to do a bit of massaging of the favicons. The cfimage tag doesn’t handle the ICO format, so I used a PhotoShop batch to convert them to PNG.)

By Rick Osborne

I am a web geek who has been doing this sort of thing entirely too long. I rant, I muse, I whine. That is, I am not at all atypical for my breed.