April 21, 2011

Boarrd – Your Visual Stats Dashboard

Looking for a better way to keep your team up-to-date when working on your latest group project? Look no further than Boarrd, a customizable dashboard application that lets its users decide which information is important enough to be included and which barometers can be left out. What makes Boarrd unique and separates it from other status update dashboards is its use of widgets, which can be used to get information from calendars, RSS feeds, Facebook updates, and Twitter posts all on one page.

You really can’t start using Boarrd until you have created a dashboard of your own. Get started by choosing a title, selecting the number of columns, and deciding whether your board should be public or private. Next, it’s time to add your first widget. Choose from a list of dozens of widgets, ranging from clocks and weather updates to GitHub issues and calendar events. Widgets can be customized in a countless number of ways and given unique titles. Type in a particular keyword or phrase that you want the Twitter widget to track on a daily basis, or add the URL of a particular RSS feed you’d like to keep an eye on. Once you’ve successfully gotten all the widgets you want onto your dashboard, you can rearrange them into a way that makes sense based on how you and your team work.

Although Boarrd is an obvious solution for teams of people collaborating on group projects, it can also be useful for companies looking for an easy way to monitor their reputation online and individuals who want a sleek looking dashboard that serves as a one-stop-shop for reviewing important data throughout the day.

Practical Uses:

  • Create a dashboard that your entire team can view
  • Use widgets to track what people are saying about your company online
  • Sync Boarrd with your online calendars to avoid missing deadlines or meetings
  • Follow the RSS feeds of sites that frequently write about your industry

Insider Tips:

  • Boarrds can be made public or private
  • Widgets can be rearranged using drag and drop functionality
  • The Twitter widget can be set up to show all mentions of specific keywords
  • Users can create multiple dashboards for all the projects they have going on

What we liked:

  • Boarrd is equally useful for businesses and individuals
  • The dashboards made with Boarrd look very sleek and professional
  • Boarrd is completely free to use
  • Users have dozens of different widgets to choose from

What we didn’t like:

  • Boarrd can be slow to load new dashboard pages


Company Info:

  • Launched: October 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Turin, Italy
  • Founded by: weLaika
  • Web site:


  • Free

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