Development Blog for grepr

Saturday, December 23, 2006

 
Hi everyone,

It's been a busy couple of weeks with the holidays and all, but we have a couple of new features to mention.

The first feature we added is the ability to browse by language. We noticed we have received many international visitors, which was a pleasant suprise. We'd like to thank Genbeta again for their article and all of its readers of that site who have visited grepr. In response to these and future visitors we added this feature. We hope you all find it useful and if there is anything else we can do for international visitors, please let us know. Keep in mind we also allow you to filter on language, so that you only see shows in that language everywhere on the site when logged in.

Last week you did not hear from us as we were tied up working on backend changes for a big feature. So, this week we are very pleased to bring you a feature that took major work to implement...

We've removed the registration requirement for most of the functionality of grepr, including receiving recommendations to better provide the core functionality of grepr to our vistors.

There are still many benefits to registering, such as profiles, feeds and widgets. There are other features as well with more being planned for registered visitors but we wanted to be able to extend the functionality of grepr to visitors who are not ready to register. So, go try out the recommendations!

We hope you all have a great holiday. Hopefully we'll have another set of features just before the start of the new year!

Michael
- grepr development team

Sunday, December 10, 2006

 
A Week Full of Ups and Downs

Hi everyone,

Aside from some unexpected downtime this weekend, It has been a great week for grepr. Eric and I would like to apologize for any inconvenience this downtime may have caused. A change made to an automated process resulted in an issue causing the site to be down for roughly 24 hours.

Now onto the good news! We have begun to promote grepr and would like to thank two sites that were kind of enough to write reviews.

Pulse 2.0 covers the newest "web 2.0" sites. The article can be found here. I'd like to again thank Amit Chowdhry for all of the kind words he had to say about grepr. From the review, "The amount of potential that Grepr has makes me believe that the company could very much be the Yahoo! Music equivalent of podcasts."


GenBeta reviews new "web 2.0" sites for Spanish readers. While Eric and myself do not speak or read Spanish, we utlized multiple translating services to read the review. We'd like to thank Cyberfrancis for writing up a review for grepr. It is a very welcome surprise to notice grepr reaching a wider audience than originally expected.

We received new users from both sites, and we would love to hear feedback from all of you. Comments, concerns and criticisms can be sent to contact@grepr.com.

Hope to hear from you,

Michael
grepr development team

Sunday, December 03, 2006

 
Hi everyone,

It's been a busy week for us. We've been responding to feedback and implementing some more features and optimizations. As mentioned last week, we've been working on functionality involving the avatars. User profiles are now live on grepr. You can access any user's public profile by clicking on their username wherever you see a comment or review. You can also maintain your profile information through the account area found in the main menu. The address for any user is http://podcasts.grepr.com/user/your_username_here. Two examples can be found here or here.

Michael
- grepr.com development team