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 creating a computer program to replace my dad. So I built a prototype. It worked beautifully, so I passed it around to a few friends, and soon enough I was spending all my free time building the site.
Fast forward two years, and Quizlet is a worldwide operation. More than two million terms have been entered and studied on Quizlet. Right now there are 61,763 registered users. I find it hard to wrap my head around that number. If all the Quizlet users got together, we'd fill Yankee Stadium and still have a few thousand people left over. And on recent weekdays, close to 1,000 people have been signing up per day. That's like my entire high school registering itself every day. So to celebrate Quizlet's birthday, I added an oft-requested feature to the site: online status. If you've been on Quizlet in the last five minutes, a little "on" icon will appear next to your username on these pages: Dashboard, Group, Private Messages, and Set pages. Here is what it looks like: . If you're offline, no icon will appear.
If you would prefer not to show your status, I've added an option to the Preferences page. If you uncheck the "Show online indicator" box, no one will ever be able to see whether you are online or not. By the way, you can always access this page by looking in the top-right corner of the page for the "(prefs)" link.
On Sunday I'm taking off for a college visit to MIT and Harvard. My first application (MIT early action) is due in 13 days! I'll be getting an inside peek at the two schools, as I'll be staying with current students and attending classes. If anyone is in the Boston area and wants to meet up (i.e. show a California kid around!), send me a message! I fly back Wednesday, so it's not a big time window...
Unfortunately, one of the proposals (the one to give vocabulary cartoon books to students in Chicago) has expired because it didn't get funded in time. People who have already donated should now have the option of redirecting their funding to other proposals. To replace that one, I've added a great new one that will buy the world's greatest game for different students in Chicago.
Also, the proposal to buy an LCD projector for a school in Mississippi (the proposal closest to my heart, and the one to which I donated $400), only has 18 days left to raise $911! If we all work together I have no doubt that we can pull that together. If you're a student and don't have a credit card, ask your parents if they can help you out. Any donation, no matter how small, helps a lot!
Thank you, everyone. Quizlet is the greatest adventure I've ever been on, and you're all a part of it!