MetroTwit: The 'Oh Crap' factor (Part 2)

As any astute reader might be able tell (for the 2 people that read this post) this post is a tad late... almost a year late.

So what happened? I will admit I'm fairly lazy when it comes to blogging, but mostly we let this little twitter app that turned out pretty cool go out into the big wide world and found ourselves in what I like to call the 'Oh Crap' period of doing something new.

A lot has happened since Part 1 of this story, we went from a very small alpha of about 25 people to opening open MetroTwit to the public with over 800 users registering to be notified of the beta.

Of course we were wise enough to release the beta in a nice quiet period in our lives so we could easily get bugs fixed and out to all the new users from a lot of different countries. Except we didn't. We released the MetroTwit beta during the Microsoft ReMix 2010 Conference in Melbourne while were attending sessions and 'networking' events at night. Over the 2 days of Remix we released 6 new versions of MetroTwit to combat all kinds of issues with Non-latin

Failbook makes more changes

Usually when a software/product goes and makes radical changes, I go on my usual rant about how ‘they’ are totally wrong and it should be changed back, and then I end up loving the new layout anyway.

I decided with the new Facebook change to take a little time before writing a post about it to see if I could see why the developers have made the decisions they have and whether I know agree with them or not.

Considering Internet time is about 1/10th of normal time, I’ve given it 2 days. I’m now fairly used to the new design and can find my way around and now understand how it is now working, but I can’t say that I agree with the new methodology used by the Facebook team.

It appears Facebook have decided (maybe in spite of their failed purchase of Twitter) “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”. In one corner you have a network larger than a lot of countries with a huge amount of rich media, photos, applications, profiles and information. In the other corner you have a micro blogging service, which while growing at an alarming rate