My First Successful Application Launch!

Wow, what a weekend. So as many of you know I have been working on my second web application, Amiibo.Land. Well, on Friday, September 28, 2018 I decided it was finished so I launched the beta to the public. Friday morning I spent a chunk of time setting up my Google Cloud environment and once I finished, I went to reddit. In order to get things cookin', I posted my beta over at r/amiibo. Immediately I found four bugs that needed to be fixed. I spent the rest of Friday and most of Saturday fixing those bugs.

Saturday night, just before bed I felt pretty satisfied with how Amiibo.Land was going. I had about 30 unique users, but I knew that the website had potential and I wanted to see if more people would find it useful. Before I went to bed on Saturday I sent an email to the moderators over at r/Nintendo to ask if it was okay to post my website there. Mind you that at the time of writing this r/amiibo had 53k users meanwhile r/nintendo had over 705k users. When I woke up the next morning, I had approval from the mod team so I made this reddit post.

The first hour or two, there were really no comments on the post. Actually, it had 1 Upvote with only about a 50% Upvote rating so I decided to go to lunch. When I came back, the response was growing. I don't recall the exact numbers, but there were over 50 comments and about 500 Upvotes. I checked my database and I had real users, and a lot of them! While 1 Upvote != 1 User, the rate was still pretty good. When I checked, I had over 200 users and the number was still soaring. I couldn't believe it.

Today is Monday, October 1st. The application has been out for one full weekend now and at the time of writing this I have over 700 unique users. I am pretty amazed by the growth and also some what frightened. I fully expected Amiibo.Land to have a lifetime total user base of ~30 people. I am now responsible for ensuring this large user base not only has safely stored data (which should not be an issue) but also for their user experience. I am incredibly humbled by this experience and happy that people are actually getting use out of something I created.

There's still a lot to do to Amiibo.Land. Everything from code optimization to code cleanup. I want to make the website more secure and add a captcha so that signing up cannot be automated. I also want to redo some of the modules on the website. In addition to that, I still want to add these fun features, plus there are other things I need to focus on such as other projects and landing a developer job. I definitely will be busy for the next few months, but I am looking forward to the challenge.



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