Friday, October 24, 2008 at 3:31 PM"Vox populi" is a Latin phrase that means "the voice of the people" or, in our case, the voice of the users. A good way to tap into this great source of feedback and to get a gratifying feeling, as well, is to compile accurate statistics about how many people install your gadgets and how long people keep your gadgets.
My latest article, Gadget Usage Stats, details a possible implementation of such a system, keeping user privacy in mind. It isn't too complicated; you can reduce it to 3 levels: the gadget, a server-side script, and a database. The interesting part is how all the elements communicate with each other. After reading this article, you should be able to set up this system for your own gadgets. You can take advantage of the system's flexibility by changing it to meet your own needs.