How many times on a daily basis do you see a chart of some sort? Whether you’re reading a newspaper, watching television, or sitting in a company meeting, a chart is sure to appear before your eyes in just a matter of time. I like charts because they present the big picture in a way that can be easily understood without having to hear or read a lengthy explanation involving facts and figures. Online interactive charts are even better in the sense that they enable you to visualize data in new and more extensive ways. A service called iCharts helps you build interactive charts that have an impact.

You provide the data for the charts by uploading Excel files or manually entering the figures. The charts are interactive in a number of ways, and you can look at some of the samples on the site to get an idea of what’s possible. Once your charts have been created, they can then be published on the iCharts Web site and embedded on the Internet wherever you’d like. Traditional charts are so passe.