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Mint = Overrated!

David has done a little writeup of Mint entitled Choke on a Mint. I think it hits the nail on the head.

Another thing that is really bugging me is the fact that everyone is tripping over their feet to pat him on the back, as though he did something different, or even new. He just added AJAX and a nice set of graphics, which I find both a little slow to load.

Also, I like looking at numbers as much as the next person, but with all of them crammed onto the screen in alternating cell colours, it really does not convey to me what I am looking at. I feel like I am missing something, and the comparisons are just numbers which honestly, over a period of time, lose all meaning. Where are the graphs, and pie charts?

Anyway, at $30 a pop, I think my money is best spent elsewhere. BTW, I believe Shaun Inman is a genius for doing this, he should make a nice chunk of change out of it. I just believe the only reason it’s getting hyped so much is because it looks purdy and because it has his name attached to it. I don’t see it as anything revolutionary like everyone else seems to think it is. Nothing against Shaun of course :P

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  1. David Appleyard says: 9/7/2005

    I see where you’re coming from, but I’d have to disagree. It’s not that it just looks nice at all. What about the expandability – through it’s own forthcoming API. What about the dashboard widget. What about the ability to track new referrers through an RSS feed. What about the ability to track local searches on your website.

    Sorry, but there is definitely more than just some pretty green colours. I agree that some graphs would be nice – definitely. But I’m sure they will come in time, when people start to exploit the API and expandability options.

    Just my two cents.

  2. Christopher says: 9/7/2005

    I hope AJAX isn’t really slow to load. Isn’t that the new WP 1.6 “write” interface?

  3. Jeff Croft says: 9/8/2005

    Who said Mint was “revolutionary?”

  4. Jacob says: 9/8/2005

    Pardon me for using the word revolutionary. I can change it to something else if you’d like :P

  5. Jeff Croft says: 9/8/2005

    Oh, I don’t care what word you use. My point is simply that I don’t think anyone is claiming that Mint is an amazing new type of product. Those of us that like it are simply saying it does web stats in a better way for us than the alternatives. It’s not revolutionary, or anything like it. It’s just better than the alternative — at least for me. If it’s not better for you, then that’s fine.

    I just haven’t heard anyone claim it is revolutionary. If someone did, I would argue with them. It’s not revolutionary. It’s just a well-put-together variation on an old theme.

  6. Oliver Nielsen says: 9/8/2005

    There is also a dashboard widget for Shortstat…

    I agree with you jacob, there is not much new to Mint, compared to the free Shortstat, besides from better look, and some expandability with Pepper.

    Is it worth 30 dollars per site? Hmmm…

  7. Jeff Croft says: 9/8/2005

    For me personally, the biggest difference between ShortStat and Mint is performance. ShortStat was painfully slow as the database grows. Mint is very fast. This might not matter, I guess, on a site that doesn’t get very many hits.

  8. Jacob says: 9/8/2005

    You’re right. Maybe that was a bad word. I don’t actually think I’ve heard that word being used in reference to this(searched for it on Google and couldn’t find any).

    My main disappointment for the software comes from the fact that it doesn’t really do anything special compared to other stat software that is on the market(both free and not free).

    It looks good, it’s nice that it uses ajax and everything. I’m not saying that these are bad things to stand out on. I just don’t think it warrants $30 worth of my money just for a nice design.

    Anyway, I’m not trying to offend anyone. It just seems overhyped and overpriced to me. That’s just my personal opinion.

  9. Jeff Croft says: 9/8/2005

    It looks good, it’s nice that it uses ajax and everything. I’m not saying that these are bad things to stand out on. I just don’t think it warrants $30 worth of my money just for a nice design.

    Fair enough. I, personally, think those things are worth the $30, but I certainly respect that you disagree.

    Anyway, I’m not trying to offend anyone. It just seems overhyped and overpriced to me. That’s just my personal opinion.

    You’re not offending anyone. You’ve simply stated your opinion. David Peralty was offensive, but you certainly have not been. :)