Happy 2nd Birthday, PandaWhale!
Adam Rifkin stashed this in PandaWhale
On January 11, 2011, we incorporated PandaWhale.
It's been a long and interesting two years!
Most of our early assumptions were wrong: that OAuth is worth using instead of our own auth system, that people would want to save their Facebook and Twitter conversations, that Twitter is a useful platform for distribution, and that the Internet needs a conversation platform.
Reality is: websites should build our own auth systems, nothing on Facebook or Twitter is worth saving using anything more than screen capture technology, the amount of traffic Twitter drives rounds to zero, and there are plenty of places for people to argue with each other online.
So we've evolved.
After over a year of trying things, we released the PandaWhale.com website on March 7, 2012.
In the 10 months since then, we've been used by over a million people, and now have over 400k monthly active users. It's a rush!
We're going to keep improving what we have.
But I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to PandaWhale's users.
And Happy Birthday to PandaWhale! Who's ready to party? :)
Congrats (very very impressive!). Thanks for sharing the insights. Same experience with OAuth for us (and I won't have to anymore feel so guilty about investing our limited resources in building the system ourselves as well)
Mazel tov, you wonderfully creative beings! I love this place!!
Congratulations guys! I like the openness with which you've been building PandaWhale, and seeing you all as frequent users of it yourselves.