Archive for the ‘Integration’ Category

Real-time stuff coming soon!

February 15, 2008

We are planning to do more stuff around real-time interaction. We’d like to allow event organizers the ability to let their guests interact or participate to an extent even if they aren’t present at the event. Two things are:

1. Live video streaming. We will make sure embed codes from services like Mogulus and Ustream are working well in our video module. Right now we are stripping off certain tags which are necessary. We will stop stripping.

2. Chat module. We are all about integrating existing services that are good rather than building everything from scratch. We’ve wanted to have a chat module for a while but we haven’t found a good service to use – our standards get in the way. Now we think we have found a great company to work with. More soon.

Also, added a new template for St. Patrick’s Day:

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RSVP directly from your email

July 19, 2007

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There’s a good reason why we don’t have our own messaging inbox within Crusher. Part of our philosophy is to have very low-barriers, meaning we want to make it super easy for you to adopt Crusher. For you to fit yet another thing in your already crowded life, it has to be light, compact, quick, unobtrusive, not annoying, and work well with the stuff you already use. For us, this means integrating as best we can with your email.

For example, we send you all the core information about the event in the mailer itself. We don’t force you to have to visit the site just to get this. We don’t do this because we are not driven by ad banners. Besides, when you are on your way to that event and forgot one critical detail, you are likelier to have access to your email in your phone than a browser to look up the web page. In general, the email is just more accessible, portable, shareable.

Yesterday, we deployed some updates that allow you to immediately RSVP by clicking a link in the email invite you receive. It makes it clearer that an RSVP is requested, and prompts you to respond right there. Technically, clicking this still has to open up the Crusher page in a browser. But at least by that time you know you’ve already responded and can ignore the page if you choose to.

Infrastructure integration

March 9, 2007

With plenty of web services now available and some cut-n-paste programming, anyone can (almost) develop their own applications.
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Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.