Thank you x 3,700. Now, I have work to do. – Crawlr
Jackie Zantow

Jackie Zantow

Creator + Developer of Crawlr

Thank you x 3,700. Now, I have work to do.

First, I want to say how incredibly grateful I am at the outpouring of love and excitement that you all have shown for Crawlr.

When I woke up on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Crawlr had 18 users. I’d been open to the public for beta testing for about 2 weeks, and I was a bit disheartened at the lack of enthusiasm.

My fiancé, Garrett, convinced me to share Crawlr on Reddit. I was afraid to do so only because I wasn’t sure people would like it — I was honestly a bit sure it would be flamed, and those feelings stemmed from personal insecurities (not a reflection on the Reddit community as a whole).

I told my advising professor that I would have 40 beta testers by the time this all wrapped. Posting to Reddit, I was simply hoping to get those additional 22 users so I wouldn’t be talking about how Crawlr was a flop in my potential investor write-ups.

It’s just past 3:45 A.M. where I live, and Crawlr has an incredible 3,713 beta testers at this moment in time. I woke up yesterday morning with 18. I’m speechless. In a few moments, I’m going to get some much needed rest. But first, I want to provide some transparency and outline my plans.

PRIORITY ONE/ONGOING: Sorting Feedback

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who’s submitted feedback via the form. This makes it so I can take it and sort it. I’ve been trying to jump on anything that appeared vital or could be a super quick fix. Please understand there’ll be a delay in getting to all of the feedback, but I do encourage you to share your thoughts.

PRIORITY TWO: Addressing High Priority Feedback

Anything that severely impacts the usability or safety of Crawlr will go to the top of the list.

I’ve gotten a lot of requests about revising the profile/registration form because it’s America-centric. Admittedly, it IS America-centric, and I should have seen through my own American mindset when setting it up. I didn’t. I will now, and I consider this high-priority.

PRIORITY THREE: Addressing Easy-to-Fix Feedback

If it’s a quick fix, I’m going to try and knock it out as soon as I can.

PRIORITY FOUR: Expanding My Growth Plan

I’ve had a couple of offers from people who want to assist, and thank you! To be frank, Crawlr is being funded out of my own pocket at this moment. Securing development funds was going to be after I graduated, but the increased interest in Crawlr is showing me I need to go faster rather than slower. Until I have something I can provide to those who help (i.e. money), I don’t feel comfortable accepting the work or setting up any arrangements.

WHAT *HAS* BEEN UPDATED SINCE REDDIT

Since posting to Reddit, I have updated a few small things.

  • Your username now shows instead of your first name, last initial as identifiable information. There were doxxing concerns, and I totally understand. I had a “dating app” mindset, but this is a different beast.
  • You can now see more than 6 results on desktop and 3 results on mobile when searching. Understandably, this was really frustrating when trying to search through a lot of players in one area. It’s now updated to 21 results per page.
  • I have those results sorting by newest members first. I’m hoping this eliminates the issue of users repeating in the search results. Honestly, it could be an issue with the servers working to crunch through so many newcomers and users. I’ll check in on this in the morning.
  • Email verification has been suspended. Originally, you had to go into your email and verify your email address after registering. I think that’s an important part of Crawlr, but the problem is that my hosting plan only allowed for 250 emails being sent a day. We quickly crested 1,000, and my web host was like…girl. They suspended the email function, so I manually approved everyone who was stuck and turned off the requirement for now.

A disclaimer of sorts: Crawlr is a one woman show at this time. I’m a graduate student cultivating this for my thesis project. I love this project. I think it has real potential to make it, and I want to take it there. I work full-time in addition to going to school and working on Crawlr, so I ask for patience but understand any frustration and anger this might cause. I just want to be transparent.

I’m running on fumes at this point, so I do hope this is legible. Thank you for reading, and thank you for joining.

Let’s hope Crawlr doesn’t crash while I take a nap.

All the best,

Jackie

PS – You can check out Crawlr on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I’m personally on Reddit as jzantow.

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