Monday, April 18, 2011

After a long silence...

First of all, I'm sorry I've been away so long. Life/work has gotten in the way. I just wanted to throw a quick post up here to let you all know that I haven't abandoned this blog.

First of all, I have a new beta build of SemiSilent that is being tested as we speak. It included some deeper changes, so I'm trying to get it tested on as many devices as possible before pushing it out. Since some people actually use SemiSilent I'm very paranoid about pushing something that breaks it for my users. Also, with the current form of the Android Market, a few days worth of bad reviews can really sink an app going forward. With that in mind, I'm hoping to push the release after soon Easter.

Secondly, I've seen some really nice traffic spikes in the downloading/usage of SemiSilent. The first spike I saw started in late March because of a few blog posts, like this one, that said it was an impressive Android app that gives you control over who you talk to and when. There were others out there too, but that's one of my favorites.

The second started today. When I saw the stats at my lunch break I thought it was just a momentary spike, but then it just kept on going. As I watched it grow this evening (I checked every 15 minute, my wife can testify) I kept waiting for it to hit a wall. As of this post, it still isn't slowing down. This is great, but I don't know what is causing it. Google/Twitter have turned up nothing, and yet my numbers continue to climb. It's a great problem to have (one of my friends correctly tagged it #firstclassproblems) but I'm still very curious. Below is a chart for SemiSilent's last month worth of traffic. As you can see, today has blown every other day out of the water. The other amazing thing is the graph is only as of 7pm today. There are 5 more hours until the day is finished, yet the numbers keep climbing!


Please don't think I'm trying to brag. I'm just excited so many people are using something I built and, hopefully, they find it useful. I will get the next update out as soon as I can recruit some more devices for testing. In the mean time, let me know if you have any thoughts, opinions, or feedback. I've received some so far and I really enjoy it. You can reach me at josh@lyote.com

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