2011 Quick Recap
2011 was a big year for Quizlet. Usage continued to skyrocket: more study content was added in 2011 alone than in the previous 4 years combined! And there are now 6 million students and teachers using Quizlet each month; over 9 million study sets; and almost 300 million study terms.
Those are huge numbers and humbling for all of us in the Quizlet office. We still try to wrap our heads around the idea that there are Quizlet users in literally every country on earth!
Quizlet started back in 2005 when Andrew, our founder, built a study tool to help with his high school french class. He continued to work on Quizlet through high school and then college at MIT. Two years ago we started building a team to work on the site full-time while Andrew continued to be a full-time student and full-time entrepreneur. This summer Andrew decided to forego his senior year of college and work full-time on Quizlet. We're now a 10-person team based in San Francisco; we even have a real office!
We love hearing from users (thank you to the 20,000 of you that have written in) and have a lot planned for 2012. But first, a quick recap of what happened in 2011...
We launched text-to-speech audio in 18 languages, everything from Spanish and French, to Arabic and Turkish. Next we set about integrating it into Quizlet study modes and games. For our new study mode, Speller, audio was a core compenent. (You can read about the making-of Speller here.)
Next up was translating Quizlet into 9 languages and counting. This involved working with a core group of dedicated Quizlet volunteers. We now have Quizlet availabe in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Throughout the site we continued to make improvements like an improved home page, and better create and edit tools. We also worked hard to improve printing, and allow sorting and embedding of Quizlet content.
On the technical side, we improved page load times by 50% and launched an updated API with oAuth2, SSL, and read/write capability for the dozens of 3rd party developers building Quizlet-powered mobile apps.
2012 and Beyond
Thank you for using Quizlet and stay tuned for more new features in 2012!