Addressing performance problems
Hey y'all - it's been awhile. I don't have any new features to announce tonight, but I'd just like to take this time to keep you in the loop about what's going on inside Quizlet right now. In the past few weeks - especially the past few days - Quizlet has become intolerably slow at times. The servic…

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Posted by Andrew November 14, 2007 · View post
Red Sox, new features, and QQQ
I'm back in California, after spending the earlier half of this week visiting colleges in Boston. I fortuitously arrived in Boston only several hours before the Red Sox won Game 7 and clinched their spot in the World Series, so my MIT hosts had plenty to be happy about. The best way to celebrate th…

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Posted by Andrew October 28, 2007 · View post
Quizlet celebrates its second birthday!
It's been a full two years since I first had my little "inventor's moment." I was pacing around my living room, having my dad call out vocabulary words and responding with their definitions. It was an inefficient and tedious. It hit me that I could make the process more fun and much faster by creati…

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Posted by Andrew October 20, 2007 · View post
New stuff: dictionary lookup, discussion disabling, FAQs
It's one of those days when I release a bunch of cool stuff! But before I blow you away, let me remind you that I'm still soliciting donations for the Quizlet Queries for Quid school supply program. We need your help to make it actually happen! The vocabulary cartoon book proposal is about to expire…

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Posted by Andrew October 15, 2007 · View post
A question about the user interface
I've been noticing something lately, and it's been in the back of my mind long enough to write a blog post about: The more my programming and general computer skills advance, the further from an "average" user my perspective becomes. In other words, my spectacular computer talents give me a slanted…

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Posted by Andrew October 7, 2007 · View post
50,000 registered users!
Woo! It took just 252 days for Quizlet to reach the 50,000 users. I couldn't be happier with the road Quizlet has taken up to here, and I'm glad to share this moment with all of you! Thanks to everyone who has told their friends and colleagues about Quizlet. I couldn't have done it without you!

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Posted by Andrew September 26, 2007 · View post
Done with downtime today, September 23
Hey all, I just got Quizlet back online after an annoyingly long stretch of time - it was about 10 hours long. I hit a hard disk space wall, which is the same problem I had last time (the only other time) Quizlet went down. I want to extend a sincere apology to all of you who tried to use Quizlet to…

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Posted by Andrew September 23, 2007 · View post
Summer - Can you feel it?
Summer is coming! It's getting warmer every day. The hellish descent into finals week is getting closer. And with the end of finals comes the joy that is summer vacation. Yes! Before I get into how awesome that is, let me just quickly note that the messages page has been updated to allow viewing of…

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Posted by Andrew May 26, 2007 · View post
Ongoing slowness and other issues - UPDATED
Hey all. It's been awhile since I last posted - sorry about that. Just want to give a status update... Perhaps you've been noticing some intermittent slowness when using Quizlet. I've been noticing it too - 30 second load times for each page are no fun. Sometimes it's nice and snappy, sometimes it's…

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Posted by Andrew May 23, 2007 · View post
Quizmarklet now does user-contributed definitions, Gmail, plurals, and more
I just made some great updates to the Quizmarklet. Here's what it can now do: User-contributed definitions. Before, it was just using the (excellent) WordNet dictionary, but I have now expanded it to use the ever-expanding word lists from Quizlet's users. It only uses words that are in sets open to…

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Posted by Andrew May 7, 2007 · View post
Back online after some major downtime
Good morning! It's been a rough day, with Quizlet experiencing its first major downtime ever. Quizlet is now back and rolling as normal. I believe the problem started around 6 AM, and has just been resolved at 12:45 PM. My sincerest apologies go out to everyone who couldn't use Quizlet this morning.…

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Posted by Andrew May 3, 2007 · View post
Announcing the Quizmarklet
How often do you crack open a dictionary when you see a word you don't know? Probably never. So, what can Quizlet do about that? More than you can possibly imagine. Muahahaa Friends, meet the awesome that is THE QUIZMARKLET: (to clarify, 'awesome' is a noun in colloquial teenage slang these days) (…

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Posted by Andrew April 30, 2007 · View post
Experimenting with some small-time advertising
It's the day you've all feared. The Ads have arrived! The dreaded. The unsightly. The annoying. The Online Ad. # Quizlet's different, hopefully? I'm now experimenting with a little advertising on Quizlet. You know what I hate? Big stupid flashy banner ads. I bet you do too. So Quizlet doesn't have t…

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Posted by Andrew April 23, 2007 · View post
Send in your suggestions for new games
This past week I've been working on a lot of little things, fixing bugs and tweaking some text stuff. Thanks to everyone who has sent in bug reports - they've been very very helpful. But I'd like to take the opportunity to give a quick demonstration of a new game I'm working on for Quizlet - codenam…

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Posted by Andrew April 18, 2007 · View post
A zombie by day, and a Quizlet programmer by night
So it's spring break. And I've been filming a zombie thriller instead of doing my homework! My bloodiness looked a lot more realistic when it was first applied, so that picture doesn't really do it justice. Anyways, I can post a link to the video when it's finished :). But that's just my day job. I…

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Posted by Andrew April 12, 2007 · View post
April Fools!
It's all a cruel joke! Quizlet is free and will remain free indefinitely. Sorry to those who took me seriously :) On a serious note, Quizlet's only recurrent expense is the web hosting account that Quizlet.com runs on. I can keep supporting it on my own for a long long time. Thanks for your concern.…

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Posted by Andrew April 2, 2007 · View post
Unfortunate news: Quizlet must stop being free
[[ Ok, to make this extra clear, all of the following information is completely FALSE. It was my little April Fool's joke :) ]] I have been trying to hold this off as long as possible, but the choice has finally caught up with me. I just got off the phone with my accountant and several advisors. The…

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Posted by Andrew April 1, 2007 · View post
Trying out some new features - UPDATED
I have some exciting things coming up for you guys. Forums! Each group on Quizlet will have its own private forum, and there will be several global forums. The current global forums are: Quizlet Suggestions and Vocabulary Help. There will be no casual hangout forum spot. Here are some screenshots I'…

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Posted by Andrew March 31, 2007 · View post
Yay!...Davidson application sent
I'm so relieved to have finally sent my Davidson scholarship application. It was a lot more work than I thought it would be...The UPS package I shipped contained 43 pages of juicy Quizlet secrets and documentation, plus a ~10 minute video of me prattling on about Quizlet. But that's not all - each o…

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Posted by Andrew March 29, 2007 · View post
10,000 users + lots of new features + Davidson scholarship
Quizlet is humming along as usual. Here are some cool announcements: Quizlet reached 10,000 users on Wednesday, March 16. Not too bad for 56 days of existence. I just added a wave of new improvements to Quizlet. Read on. I'm entering Quizlet for the Davidson Fellows scholarship. So far, I've writte…

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Posted by Andrew March 17, 2007 · View post