Website statistics from the most popular social networks
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Webservice and application providing social popularity statistics for your website.


Nothing fancy, just wanted to have simple and neat API to get all the statistics I want. I'm also kinda pedantic and wanted to style social buttons whatever I like in an easy way. I hope that this app will be also simple for you and you'll enjoy using it.

Btw, this application is proudly written in Go language. It turned out to be a translated version of similar webservice I wrote in Ruby. However, unlike the Ruby ones this is fully parallel and at the end aprox. 10 times faster than original one (benchmarks don't lie). Check out my blog post to get more details.

Getting started

This is standard Go web application and can be build and tested using go toolchain, however most of the tasks are simplified with rake. Because of that you must have Ruby 1.9 and Bundler installed.

$ git clone git://
$ cd egoistat
$ go get . && bundle
$ rake build
$ rake test

Now run the server with:

$ rake server

Go to http://localhost:5000 and enjoy.

API Usage

Egoistat provides public API which can be queried in two ways. You can perform standard HTTP query to get social networks' points in JSON format:

$ curl -H 'Accept: application/json'

PAGE_URL must be full URL with scheme specified, eg. Note, that the most correct results for the domain comes when trailing slash is in the address.

NETWORKS gets comma separated list of social networks to get points from. Currently available networks are: facebook, twitter, plusone, reddit, hackernews and github.

You can also request a script ready to use on your website, so that no backend calls will be required:

<script src="//"></script>

This script defines the egoistat global variable - it responds to points(sn) function which return points count for specified social network sn.

It is also possible to specify CALLBACK which is going to be executed after script gets loaded.


This app is heroku ready, so if you want to deply it there it's uber simple. Just run:

$ rake deploy

This target makes sure that assets are compiled and pushes everything to heroku's remote.


Frontend of the application is written in HTML5 + Backbone.js. Source assets can be found in assets/ directory. Files in public/assets are generated by assets packaging script and should not be edited.

$ rake assets:precompile

Specifying DEV switch you can turn minifying on and off. For example the following command will only merge scripts, without minifying.

$ rake assets:precompile DEV=1

To speed up development use guard. This command will run watcher on assets/ directory:

$ rake assets:watch

Every time source file changes it will rebuild assets and reload your browser (if it has LiveReload addon enabled).


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request


Copyright (c) 2012 by Chris Kowalik a.k.a. nu7hatch

Released under AGPLv3 license. Check LICENSE for details.