Okay so I've been crazy busy lately, and I've finally got a moment to post about what's been happening. On Tuesday, April 15 I was interviewed about Quizlet on the "Morning Show with Mike and Juliet" -- it's a nationally syndicated morning show on FOX. It was short, but I really enjoyed it and meeting everyone there was super fun.
So here's the story: That week I was visiting MIT's campus preview weekend (1000% awesome) and I got a call from the producers of the show and they invited me to come to New York City for it. So I took a couple days off from school and took the short trip from Boston to New York City. They paid for the flight, a nice hotel, and chauffeur service all around. Just to keep the record clear, I am NOT a millionaire :o)All during the day preceding the show I was making lots of phone calls and doing programming to prepare for a day of mega-traffic. I also got in a decent amount of time to check out the sights of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Fox sent us a car to pick us up at the hotel, even though the studio was just one block away from the hotel. It actually took much longer for them to drive us than it would have taken to walk, because of all the one-way streets and the crazy New York traffic.
When we got to the studio, I got to lounge around with the other guests of the morning for awhile, then the producers prepped me on questions. They didn't prep me on the last one though - that was a complete surprise, and for half a second I panicked before I remembered that a cow = une vache (yay Quizlet!). I briefly did makeup (just a little foundation, I guess is what they call it) and they moved a couple of strands of hair and called it a day. Before I knew it, I was onstage, and I was off just as soon. I was surprisingly relaxed -- you don't get the feeling that a bajillion people are watching you on TV because you can't seem them watching you!I left the studio right after my segment (I didn't stick around for American Idol's Michael Johns' performance...) because I wanted to make sure Quizlet was going to stay afloat with the deluge of traffic. It did indeed get pretty slow, but it never went down. We've made some pretty significant architecture changes (I definitely have some smart and talented people working on the servers now) and so the site should be pretty snappy these days, and getting snappier all the time.
And then we were off again, flying back to Oakland (can't miss any more school!) ... And that was the trip. Très Amusant!
Random note: You may have noticed the new tagging suggestions feature on the Create Set page and the switch from spaces to commas as separators for tags. In general I think the tagging system is more robust now. It also takes foreign language words as tags now, whereas before it only took numbers and the English alphabet.