This has the perfect viral pull of "I wonder if anybody likes me" - kind of like that brilliant old Classmates.com line "Is an old classmate searching for you?" or HotOrNot.com
Facebook-attaché Formspring.me has nailed the anon part alone and been rewarded with insane, fairly sustainable traffic:
I'm not sure this is a huge, revolutionary business but I'll bet that these guys do pretty darn well and as a feeder to dating sites they'll crush it (which incidentally powered a huge part of FB's early revenue and is still an important cornerstone).
edit: ...and I'm in college. I wonder if this says anything about me :P
Now I know!
* quick edit - Also, from the looks of it, they are hiring for EVERY possible type of position (ui, design, backend, front-end, marketers etc.)
In all honesty the entire thing just feels like a desperate attempt to duplicate the success of facebook with a bunch of fake "statistics" and randomly generated content.
FDR once said that nothing "just happens". Twitter looks like it was thrown together over a weekend, bit.ly looks like it was thrown together over a weekend, Hackers News looks like it was thrown together over a weekend. Everything most people ever poured thousands of hours of thought and sweat and dedication into probably looks like it was thrown together over a weekend. 20M Pageviews In 6 Weeks do not "just happen". I guarantee you that there is a team of very talented people working around the clock to make this product what it is. You can question the quality of their work, but there are tens of thousands of people who clearly disagree with you, and they didn't come about over the weekend.
PLEASE let this thing die a quick and painless death.
I never understood why someone would say that. There are people who spent a long time thinking about the product, building it, tweaking it, pouring their work into it, and inevitably someone comes along and says "let this thing die a quick death". Does it detract from your life? Does it detract from anyone's life? It makes people happy, otherwise they wouldn't be using it. Why would you wish failure upon someone else's work?
I agree with 'nothing just happens', but Twitter, right now, doesn't look like a weekend project. Maybe Twttr did when it first started though.
Don't bring negativity into HN like this. These guys have already posted that they are looking for a designer, and the fact that the site is only 6 weeks old and probably dealing with massive scaling issues makes it all the more OK that they need some time to get the UI up to snuff.
Good on ya guys.
I think they may run into the Chatroulette problem...
But very impressive growth indeed!
<Insert obligatory thread about Turing tests, Twitter, 4chan etc here I guess />
If I'm wrong, then please pretend you never read this, and DON'T THINK AUTO GENERATING CONTENT IS A GOOD IDEA!
College students love wasting time and love interacting.
Also, I'm looking at the posts from my dorm, and I know for a fact that at least most of it is real.
I guess I'm just overly suspicious.
But IIRC the creators of reddit did the same thing when first launching. They faked activity by posting stories under different accounts. If LAL is faking activity, they could reach a tipping point and get the real users they need.
Whether or not faking activity is ethical is a different question.
(Wait, did I just quote a Skittles ad?)
The problem? It's 5am on a Monday, and (while I haven't checked) I don't think that cafe is open at three.
But hey, maybe it's a screwy datestamp.
Right now there is a ton of traffic because it's the hot new thing on campus, but essentially it's the missed encounters section of craigslist.
Ignoring that, it's still not a bad thing to be compared to CL.
Yes, it's going to be a pageview generator, since you'll have people early on checking 100x a day to see if someone mentioned them, but give it a little time, and that'll stop since chances are noone will notice the post.
And this is why they mention the 20 million page views number instead of their uniques number.
Edit: I just realised you still didn't answer my question. I ask it sincerely: What dynamics do you think it needs to have staying power?
Design critique aside, the idea is a very good one.
I think it's a great idea - but just as quick as it's blowing up, it can also deflate imo. As someone else mentioned, it shouldn't get that chatroullette syndrome, where every post from a girl is met with "down to fuck??!!" and "here's a pic of my penis ___". If it gets labeled as "stalker, creepy, gross, lame" by girls and they leave, guys will obviously follow suit...something to watch for
An omg controller?
The formula works.
Total Available Market: "A bunch of horny college students in a confined location, i.e. a campus"
The only reason it was shutdown was because the founder was told he would be fined heavily and wouldn't receive a degree if he didn't.