100 Users and Still Going Strong

We’ve reached our first milestone here at Twitterless (if you use the decimal system, that is): 100 users have signed up as beta testers.  My biggest concern with Twitterless has been scalability.  Unlike other web applications, because Twitter apps depend so heavily on the Twitter API, the restrictions they place on requests can make it difficul to scale to a wide audience.

So far there have only been a few hitches in the service; a few people received notifications telling them that nearly all of their follower base had stopped following them to mention one.  However, I think the proper balance between promptness of alerts, accuracy of data, and scalability for the future has been struck.  At this point the barriers to scale have less to do with Twitter’s rate limit restrictions and more to do with the processing power of Twitter’s current server.  I feel confident that scaling will simply be a hardware issue.

Overall people seem to be pretty pleased with the service.  Others still find it depressing to be told when people stop following them.  The graph and timeline view are a big hit, while address bar posting and follower post searching don’t seem to have gained much traction.  Here are what some of our users have been saying:

“Have to say, I’m loving Twitterless http://twitterless.com”

“Uh-oh, just got a tweet from that twitterless app: “X stopped following you.” It seems to work again. And it is brutal.”

“Wonder how twitterless feels when you unfollow them? Does it hurt twitterless? DOES IT? Heh, kidding. I like life better not knowing, thx.”

trying out twitterless.com. I almost want to say something really offensive to try it out”

I am so in love with the www.twitterless.com

Ooh, the locations tab in Twitterless is pretty slick. Nice Google map of where all the followers are located.”



2 Responses to “100 Users and Still Going Strong”

  1. Paul Johnson Says:

    I hope the testing is going well. Any news on when you might roll out the Beta to include a larger test group?

  2. twitterless Says:

    I’m in the middle of re-organizing the database to improve future scalability, but as soon as that is implemented and tested, I will start releasing codes on a much more frequent basis. So far the beta test is going quite well and most of the feedback has been very positive, so I’m pretty excited.

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