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High unlikely your app is going "viral". It's probably on the front page of something big. Uhh, can't you look at the referrer logs to find out where?

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theli0nheart 1367 days ago | link

I am. Most of the visits are direct.

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famfam 1367 days ago | link

Are they hits to the front page? Direct would suggest something like a Twitter client or email. But I don't see much mention of your url on Twitter. Perhaps it's been shortened. Really annoying that there's probably no way to figure out what's going on in that case. What's the network distribution of your visitors? Does it look legit?

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petercooper 1367 days ago | link

Direct would suggest something like a Twitter client or email.

Or a mention in a newspaper, magazine, or on TV. Even mentions in backwater publications or channels can have a big effect traffic wise.

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Who here thinks that Zuck has always known about this contract? And has been praying every day that Ceglia had forgotten about it / died / etc. And the stress and stakes rose day after day, Zuck dying on the inside like w/ the tell-tale heart, stress coming through the cracks at his AllThingsD meltdown, etc...?

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Amazon reaching out is the opportunity. Not the droid/berry/nokia you have sitting on your desk that will be sitting there next month.

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krumjahn 1368 days ago | link

I've been thinking about this too. I feel awesome that Amazon reached out to me but does that mean it's better than Droid/Berry/Nokia? If I agree to any new opportunity, what if it's the next Microsoft KIN/ZUNE (I doubt it)? Even if Amazon sells a million kindles a month (12 million a year), it would take them a few years to catch up to droid/berry/nokia? It seems like a high risk/high reward situation when I don't even know if the Kindle app store will work out at all. Whereas, the other markets are proven. I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just talking about a different angle of approach.

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mikecane 1368 days ago | link

OTOH, wouldn't you be more discoverable in a sparsely-populated Kindle App Store than a Droid or Berry Store filled with competition? I've got to stop replying to this. It makes me seem like I'm pimping Amazon. I feel unclean.

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What's going to happen is that they will disappear in the middle of the night some day, probably whenever some cop they've paid off let's them know they're about to get raided.

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Maybe you're on Substance D?

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enokd 1370 days ago | link

I thougt about that but no, I also thought about sleepwalking but as far as I know myself definitively no.

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It's definitely killing Wikipedia in the area of random text generation. Reading Cpedia is like dropping acid and having William S. Burroughs read you search results.

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I'd upvote you twice if I could for pointing out this amazing resource. I'm amazed I never knew about it.

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Interesting ideas. I think I agree with trafficlight's reply. Without domain knowledge, it's hard to tell whether these are real pain points or not. Like - which of these are actually costing people money right now? Which of them need the human touch (e.g. plumbing scheduling, carpet cleaning sales)?

And then selling to these small businesses - how do you scale it? I almost think there's a meta problem here, of small business outreach. How can you connect people to tools that might improve their businesses - where are they even looking for tools to improve their business?

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How would you monetize this hypothetical FeedBurner challenger?

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The irony of Peter Cooper advocating the Peter Principle is not lost on me.

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gruseom 1372 days ago | link

Funny, but not as funny as if it were true. PP is when you're competent and get promoted to something you suck at; Peter's suggestion is the other way around. Sorry to nitpick.

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btilly 1372 days ago | link

But isn't it true?

If someone is succeeding as a programmer, that says nothing about how they'll do as a manager. Therefore pushing for that promotion is a good way to wind up getting promoted to something you such at. Which is the Peter Principle at work.

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gruseom 1372 days ago | link

Are we failing on ambiguity here? If by "it" you mean "the peter principle", then yes I think it's very true.

But here, by assumption, the programmer is not competent (I doubt this is so, but that was the context) and petercooper's suggestion -- a good one -- was to consider getting promoted into a perhaps more suitable position. That's the inverse of PP.

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chc 1372 days ago | link

But the OP's contention is that he isn't a very good programmer, while some of the qualities he says he has sound like they'd be good for somebody in an oversight role.

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