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Here's a single-line JavaScript include that will check all the links on your page for pointers to CrunchBase, heat 'em up, and pop up a badge full of lovely explanatory data when your reader mouses over and holds for a quarter-second.

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://kentbrewster.com/crunchbadge/crunchbadge-prototype.js"></script>

CrunchBadge uses many of the techniques detailed in Case-Hardened JavaScript; please go there for technical details. If you want to poke at the CrunchBase API, which is pretty sweet, check out their Google group.

After the result renders, we're running everything back through the link detector, so you can continue to surf CrunchBase while remaining on the page you were interested in. Once you mouse over a second enhanced link, its title will go into the select box in the headline, and you'll be able to easily find your way back.

To minimize mistaken mouse-overs, we've added an arbitrary quarter-second delay between event detection and response.

Please Note

This is a PROTOTYPE, folks. Feel free to try it out from here, but do NOT put it into production anywhere or I will rename the script. If you want to run it on your page, please host it yourself!

Try It Out

Mouse over any of the following links to see it working:

Please note that these are standard links, with absolutely nothing extra added. Due to the excellent foresight of the CrunchBadge site and API designers, everything you need is already right there in the URL.

Still to Come

Right now we're just showing titles, images, overviews, lists of relationshiops for companies, and Web presences for individual people. There's a ton more stuff in CrunchBase, and I can think of lots of interesting mash-ups to be done with stock quotes, Web search, social networking, and other stuff.

Thank You

Mike Arrington and the rest of the TechCrunch / CrunchBase team, who are putting out one hell of a valuable resource, for free. Nicely done, you guys!

Comments from before Disqus:

William .:. 2009-11-10 15:20:40
Hi Kent,
This is a great tool. We are building a website and planning to use CrunchBase API and found CrunchBadge. Is it possible to use CrunchBadge as an Mapplet on Google Map? We are going to have a map focus website. Thank you.
took .:. 2009-05-01 10:45:20
hi,
thanks for the proto demo
pretty convicing. have you by chnce made up a definitive version that allow to change colors (i.e) the title bar and may be some tweaks alongside (i.e ajustable size).

Regards
Suzy Q .:. 2008-08-22 23:43:53
I think I might try this out..Thanks Suz
Thejesh GN .:. 2008-08-11 06:38:02
cool. I am going to use it.
Manny .:. 2008-08-09 10:04:39
Man, Kent, you come out with a new widget almost every week! This is pretty cool, maybe Mike will be kind enough to host it for you? ;)
Kent Brewster .:. 2008-07-29 13:47:20
Thanks, Henry. I'm thinking this might also be a nifty iPhone Web app, too. Needs design help, though, and I just don't have time to spend ... any ideas?
Henry Work .:. 2008-07-28 17:28:44
Kent! Pretty frickin' sweet. Love the slick javascript. This is definitely up our alley as well: providing some rich data around specific entities. And thanks a lot for the kind words. Let us know what else we can do to improve the service.

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