Harshdeep 2.0

March 2, 2006

Web Applications: Hype + Buggy Software = Disaster

Filed under: Geek, Internet — harshdeep @ 8:12 am

Popular wisdom for Web Applications is to make frequent releases with limited features, test the market/get feedback, put more features, get more feedback, … This strategy works because

1. You can release the application sooner than later. Competitors have less chance of sniffing out your idea and releasing the duplicate even before the original.

2. You don’t need to worry about the users installing the updates. Everyone automatically gets the latest release as soon as you update the application on your servers.

3. User feedback/surveys let you better filter and prioritise the features you want to put in your application.

But frequent releases do not give the developers the liberty of releasing buggy applications – even in the beta stage, web applications can not afford to have serious bugs if they want the first set of customers (generally the trend setters) to come back. Greater the hype, higher the risk – more people will check out the application and, if it’s buggy, more people will know about it and few of them will ever come back.

Case in point – BlogMad

I’d read about it on some popular blogs, so I’d registered myself to be intimated about the public beta. I got their mail today morning, and when I tried it out, it simply wasn’t working. They should have avoided this at any cost.

Update: After the initial hiccups, BlogMad seems to be working fine now.

Update 2: Anshul reported a (minor?) BlogMad bug in the comments section – “I tried taking part in the lottery on BlogMad and got myself 2 tickets. However when I refreshed the page, I had been issued 4 tickets and not 2. Not very pissing off but nonetheless irritating.”

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12 Comments »

  1. the downtime is unfortunate, however it was only for a few hours. I arrived here via BlogMad, so it seems to be working now 🙂

    Comment by Tickles_Tapeworm — March 2, 2006 @ 11:42 am

  2. I logged in to BM as soon as I got the email and it’s been working fine. In fact I’m only on your blog because I’m using their surf function.

    Every site is going to suffer a temporary glitch at some point in its life. Just because that site is in beta doesnt mean the error is fatal or permanent. Give them a chance before you give them a negative review.

    Comment by Tarragon — March 2, 2006 @ 11:58 am

  3. Hi

    Just letting you know I am viewing your blog at blogmad now 🙂 so it does work!

    Could ya give a shout out for my 1:1 blog traffic exchange

    It’s the first 1:1 blog exchange in the world – http://www.blogtraffic.org

    cheers!

    paul
    mad about blog traffic!

    Comment by Paul Baines — March 3, 2006 @ 12:03 pm

  4. the problem is that cocomment doesnt work within blogmad 😦

    Comment by Alejandro — March 3, 2006 @ 5:06 pm

  5. I’m here from blogmad! its mad i tell you!

    Blogmad actually is cool! the downtime also bugged me but hey its beta

    Comment by David James — March 3, 2006 @ 5:08 pm

  6. I’ve been pleased with BlogMAD’s quick personal responses to any issues though. That makes a difference with me – and coming back to a site.

    Customer service is quite important. BE has always been good about that. I don’t use many other sites yet.

    Comment by Cat — March 3, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

  7. Another BlogMad visitor. Yeas, I was annoyed that their database seemed to be taking a siesta when I visited the other day. Seems to be working pretty well now, though. As I have a blog that blogs about other blogs (redundancy? nah), it’s a useful tool for me. Saves me lots of searching around.

    Comment by Ghosty — March 3, 2006 @ 9:09 pm

  8. Hi. You should add this to this post. I tried taking part in the lottery on BlogMad and got myself 2 tickets. However when I refreshed the page, I had been issued 4 tickets and not 2. Not very pissing off but nonetheless irritating.

    Comment by Anshul — March 6, 2006 @ 1:37 am

  9. hehe. another ajax service. an ajax powered blog software. developed by a student. http://www.ajaxpress.org/

    Comment by Anshul — March 6, 2006 @ 9:02 am

  10. hey. i think i keep getting errors on blogmad. chk this 1 now
    Invalid query “SELECT id FROM blogs WHERE id= and unix_timestamp(lastcheck)

    Comment by Anshul — March 6, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

  11. splendid!!! http://www.athens.bwisconsin.com

    Comment by degrandpre — July 2, 2006 @ 1:09 am


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