Like many technologies that offer wide-open possibilities, data visualization is often a scary beast when you first start out—in fact, the number one reaction that we get when we introduce someone new to Telemetry is that they don't know if they have any data to visualize!
This is one of the reasons why we have built a large (and ever-growing) library of integrations that allow you to create flows from popular services like Facebook, Twitter, and many business-oriented companies based on the Web.
Integrations are a quick way to get started with a Telemetry board without having to write your own data acquisition software, and can be set up in a matter of minutes without having to involve any programming whatsoever.
Step 1: Create your board
Once you've signed up for one of our free accounts, you can get started by creating a new board from the Boards menu.
For this demo, we'll go ahead and create a new board with an HDTV aspect ratio, which works well deif you want to keep it handy on your desktop. Once you hit the Create Board button, you'll end up in edit mode, where you can change your board's layout and add new flows to it.
To start, we'll add a clock—it's always good to know what time it is, and Telemetry's clocks look pretty cool anyway.
Step 2: Connect to an external service
Integrations work by connecting your personal Telemetry account with external services and periodically pulling data out of them to display it onto a board.
For this demo, we'll add some data from Twitter to the board; click on Add New Flow, scroll down to the Twitter logo, and click on it. This gives you a list of the different kind of data that we Telemetry can display.
As you can see, one of the options here is to allow you to show a timeline of tweets, but the world already has enough Twitter clients, so we will instead focus on some data that you do not commonly get to look at.
Click on Follower Count; the system will take you through the steps necessary to authenticate Telemetry with Twitter and set up the flow on your board.
Step 3: Rinse, repeat, enjoy
Well, there you have it—there really isn't a Step 3! You've created your first board without having to write a line of code, and populated it with data from one of the many services we support. As a next step, you can load it up on one of our native clients, which let you keep your boards handy at all times, both on your desktop and on your mobile device.
I picked Twitter here because it made my demo easy, but Telemetry supports many more providers whose services likely have a more meaningful impact on your daily life. For example, if you work on a team of developers who use Github or Bitbucket, we have built integrations that allow you to keep an eye on issues and commits as they happen, and so forth.
And remember, we offer free accounts to get you started, with absolutely no strings attached—get yours today and create boards like the one you see below in just a few minutes.