Hey all. Andrew here. It's been a busy December and January for Quizlet. I have a few important announcements.
First and most importantly is that we've just hired our first full-time developer and product manager, Phil Freo (seen above with me at the Crunchies awards). Phil recently graduated college and has agreed to move to San Francisco from Florida to work full time for us at our SoMa office. See also: Phil's announcement on his blog. I'm very excited about this because Phil is a talented developer and can really help step up the pace of innovation at Quizlet. I'll still be spending a lot of time on Quizlet as well, but as a full-time student at MIT, my time is somewhat constrained. You can look forward to seeing lots of cool new things in 2010 that will be a direct result of Phil's work.
One thing we're going to focus on is improving reliability. When so many people depend on Quizlet to study, any downtime hurts. In 2009, we had uptime of 99.42%, which may seem good, but is actually pretty mediocre. A good starting goal for 2010 is to hit at least 99.9% and hopefully even better. We're adding monitoring infrastructure and doing capacity planning to make sure that happens. I've just completed a major code revamp on Quizlet that reduces database queries by 20-30% and increases our ability to innovate rapidly, as well as fixing a major issue with our Facebook login system. With Dave Margulius as Quizlet CEO and Phil working for us full time, we've put a lot of tools in place to make 2010 an extremely productive year.
Now, what's next? We're finally going to launch an upload-to-Quizlet images feature in the next few days. We're also going to restart our work on getting the Quizlet interface translated into multiple versions, which I've been wanting to do for a long time. And a lot of you have asked about iPhone and other mobile devices, to which I say we're still working on it, but it's one thing we really want to focus on this year.
Overall, our goal is to grow Quizlet as big as we can this year. We want to reach as many students as possible, because we think Quizlet is great and could be helpful to a lot more students. We've gotten tens of thousands of testimonials from people who love and rely on Quizlet to study, and we're addicted to the warm fuzzies that gives us! We're also committed to maintaining a great free product. We will be adding more premium upgrades/services this year, and I'm personally looking forward to all the site enhancements that additional revenue will be able to fund. We'll be re-investing almost all of that money into making Quizlet even better. If you like what we're doing, consider supporting Quizlet with a donation.
Lastly, I had dinner at a chinese restaurant this evening, and I got a curious fortune:
Let's hope so! :) Here's to a great 2010, and thanks for using Quizlet!
P.S. I forgot to mention, but about two weeks ago we also made a switch from built-in MySQL search to Sphinx search, which is an extremely fast search engine. Searches that used to take 4.00 seconds now take 0.01 seconds. You might have noticed that search was down a few times in favor of (relatively poor-quality) google search results. Search used to take up so much processing and time that it was bringing the rest of the site to a standstill. That won't happen again. The search page still isn't as blazing fast as I'd like it to be (there are some parts of search that sphinx doesn't do right now), but it's much better than before. For an example, check out our nursing flashcards.