Archive for the ‘API’ Category

Updates to Twiike (v.0.2) – Twitter your Nike+ runs!

October 7, 2008

Just pushed an update to Twiike (figured why not make an update the same time Twitter was doing theirs).

Enhancements in this release:

  • Made signup 1-step using your Nike+ login.  This removes the need to use the “Share with friend” link from within Nike+.
  • Added pulldown menu to set default distance metric (km/mi) on your Twitter settings. This is now used for any runs published.  It’s initially set based on your Nike+ user preferences.
  • Added the user tweets to the Twiike timeline to drive additional traffic for Twiike users
  • Added retrieve your password (which is set to your Nike+ password when you sign up).
  • Added ajax progress bars to all functions that require the server to respond so users don’t think the site is not doing anything

Please keep it coming with the suggestions.  I received a ton today and would love to know how to keep making it better for users.

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How cool is it to see people use something you’ve built!?!?!

February 7, 2007

I was on eBay and came across several listings made using WipBox. How cool is that?!?!? Read the post and check out the listings!

http://wipbox.wordpress.com/…-wipbox-users/

Holy 45,000 pvs and 3,000 new users this week!

February 6, 2007

Yesterday and today have been INSANE on WipBox!!!  45,000+ page views and 3,000 new users in the last 2 days.

There will be a moderate update happening tomorrow night with some solid bugs/usability fixes.  Also there will be a tutorial on what  the graphs do and how to use them best. I’ve also wrangled  some resources to help get BIGGER releases done to and make it way more usable and friendly.

Please keep sending in bugs, though. I’ve been putting them into the bug tracker and have all of them slated to be addressed as soon as possible.

Also, please be patient.  I originally created this for myself to use in less than a month.  For me it works great.  But, it’s becoming VERY clear that, as more people have been signing up, I’m finding  things need to be made more usable.

J.

WipBox…WOW! 4 days LIVE -> 375 users, ~6000 PVs

January 22, 2007

What a great way to start things off!!! Had awesome feedback from people right out of the gates, was written up by Mashable and Emily Chang’s eHub, received excellent suggestions and had WAY more than expected signups.

Launching Wed, the last 4 days brought 5,987 page views, 1,968 visits and 375 registered users. Thanks to everyone for trying WipBox out!!! I’m planning some cool new additions, but definitely, let me know how I can make it better.

WipBox Traffic 01.21.2007

Better info for my eBay and Craigslist listings…

January 16, 2007

I decided at the beginning of December to play around with mashing something up. The result is WipBox (pronounced whip-box).

I was selling a couple things on eBay and got REALLY annoyed with how long it took me to get everything together, take the pics, find the right categories, find the right price and THEN research good product information for people to bid on my listings. If I simply put up the item with a decent pic and a half-assed description, I’d normally get the lower-end of my expectation range. But if I took 25-30 minutes extra and cut and pasted some detailed specs and reviews on it, I was at the high end of what I was hoping to get for it, and even in some cases I got WAY more than I expected.

That got me thinking. Well, Amazon has this great resource API that I could call to get better descriptions which I could then skin and include in my listings…and eBay has category and price info available from their API, and if I use that with a basic checklist, I could sell things more quickly and more profitably. Then I tried using it on a handful of listings and was stoked about the results. I was able to list thing 4-5x faster on either site. My auctions on eBay bumped up to an 86% success rate from the low 70s% and the closing price was about 10-20% higher that I’d expect. And my response rates on Craigslist more than doubled. A case in point was when I helped T sell her car. We couldn’t believe how many people called simply because they’d never seen such a nice listing on Craigslist. One guy even said he wouldn’t have considered it (being above 100k miles) if the listing didn’t look so good and have all of the info he needed in one spot. Kinda cool.

Well after 4 weeks of casual on-again off-again coding and stuff, I’d like to introduce the world to my little mashup, WipBox (http://www.wipbox.com). It’s in its second iteration, but I’d definitely appreciate any feedback you or your friends may have.

It was developed all on MAMP (Mac/Apache/MySQL/PHP) and deployed on WAMP (Windows-flavored). I’m using SOAP calls to the Amazon and eBay APIs; Mootools for the AJAX (which there is a ton of — but not in the hokey ways most people are using it right now) and user experience stuff; Maani charts for charting and TinyMCE for WYSIWYG editing the listings before you export.

Take a look, play with it (IT’S F.R.E.E…FREE), and let me know what you think.