Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Getting Pumped

We pushed a major update late last night, that makes Thumbfight work even better than before.

Our newest update, code-named "Bob" should do a much better job of weighting the results, and eliminating undecideds from the sentiment analysis. We can also now display the "Deadlocked" result, which indicates that there was not a clear preference either way.

Check it out, you're going to like the way we look!

Thank you to all of our dedicated users, who are helping us improve our service, and get all ripped in time for TWTRCON! We appreciate it!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thumbfight Will Step Into The Ring At TWTRCON

Well, things have been very, very busy here, with all the Thumbfighting going on!

One extremely cool thing I have not had a chance to blog about, is that Thumbfight has been chosen as one of the TWTRCON "bootstrap" demos.

What does this mean? It means that you can come see Thumbfight demo live right there at the conference. You will also be able to see our first live unveiling of some ultra-super-secret new new stuff.

Also, people will be voting there at the conference for their favorite "Twitter pitch", which is an 140 character long version of why people should care about what we're doing. The winners get to do a 140-second long pitch to the assembled investors, press, and most importantly... Twitterers! With our superior technology, and fighting spirit, Thumbfight should show that "we're the greatest", or at least not embarrass ourselves too badly.

Thank you to the organizers of TWTRCON for giving us a chance to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. Go, Thumbfight, go!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Thumbfight at RailsConf

I was in Las Vegas last week, attending the International Ruby on Rails programming conference, aka RailsConf.

Why is this at all interesting to readers of this blog? Because this was the first time that people were Thumbfighting live from an event which was one of the Top 10 trends on Twitter itself!

Or, as one of our advisors quoted us,
"The circle is now complete..." - D. Vader

People were whispering in my ear "What is THAT?" during the conference sessions, as they noticed me Thumbfighting. Others were already busy retweeting Thumbfights along with the general Twittering, IRC back-channel chatter, and general snarkiness always going on at these things.

But then, the massive level of Twittering going on pushed the #railsconf hashtag into the top 10. Suddenly, the level of Thumbfighting was actually perceptible amongst the deluge of tweets. In fact, people all over the world who were following RailsConf, were introduced to Thumbfight right in context, as an interesting way to monitor how the Twitterverse 'feels'.

And there was one other immediate payoff: for the rest of the conference, all I had to do was say to a fellow attendee "I'm one of the guys who did Thumbfight," and I would get an immediate offer of a beer. Talk about quick ROI!

Many thanks to everyone who helped get the word out about Thumbfight at RailsConf. We appreciate it!