Facebook application gets one million users in a month
Craig Ulliott is a web developer from Philadelphia. About a month ago, he developed an addon for the popular site Facebook. Facebook is the second most visited social networking website on the web with over 28 million members. However, Craig didn’t quite expect the success of his creation. Attracting over one million users in less than 30 days, it is now one of the most popular applications on Facebook.
There are other addons where you can display the countries you’ve been to or put a Google Map pin on the cities you’ve visited. Most travel sites use the simple but inaccurate country map, where one visit to New York city also marks entire Alaska as visited, and a single trip to Oslo marks the northern island of Svalbard as well since it belongs to Norway. Personally I prefer TripAdvisor’s travel map with pins, since the Earth is a collection of geographical locations, not man-made country borders.
What makes Craig’s app different from most other is the level of detail. You can select which US states you’ve been to, and mark specific islands and territories. He has also used complimentary colors to make it more trustworthy and unlike many other Facebook applications you don’t have to login to another site. You can also compare your own map to your friend’s maps.
One million users may sound cool to you, and it sure is impressive in such a short amount of time. However, for Craig the situation is a bit overwhelming. The rapidly expanding user base is a challenge for the hosting. In his own words,
“I’m a freelance developer, not a company, and its put a powerful 4GB $450 a month dedicated server on 3 backbones at maximum load and is pushing 2000GB a month in traffic. It doesn’t make me any money.”
What will happen now? I bet some large travel company will step in and open their wallets. Meanwhile, try his cool application Where I’ve Been yourself while it’s free.
Update: Now it’s almost reached two million users. Wicked.