So here's what we have at RescueTime (http://www.rescuetime.com
A pile of happy users who have installed a small data collector on
their Mac and PC. The app creates a mess of XML files detailing the
IN FOCUS app or site activity of the user... Basically, a complete
and thorough attention-stream record of the user. Neat huh?
This gives us vast, vast piles of data.
We've so far given the users very simple visualizations of this data
(sums of individual app/site usage in a particular date period--
viewable by hour, day, week, month, etc-- basically a bunch of bar
charts). We allow users to tag/label individual apps/sites and report
on those as well (so you could see your "comm" time, which might
consist of gmail, gtalk, and thunderbird).
Our users have overwhelmingly expressed interest in better
visualizations for "flow" and interruptions/distractions. We're eager
to provide this, but I'm very concerned about complex
visualizations... Our users aren't necessarily stats geeks and
esoteric charts will likely confuse folks.
So, can anyone thing of any elegant ways to show "flow"? FWIW, I'd
describe flow as the movement between app/site groupings (as defined
for the user). For me, the major groupings are work, comm, and
waste--- but we allow our users to tag/group apps/sites however they