Hey there. How’s it going? It’s been a while, eh? Too long, actually. Where did we go? Where are the updates? Why does the site look the same as it has since the start of the year?
All great questions.
Let me start by briefly sharing that Shane Helm, co-founder and lead designer, welcomed another beautiful child into the world earlier this year. Thanh Nguyen, co-founder, CTO and lead architect got engaged to his sweetheart. With these big life changes came a re-prioritization, and our friends have moved in a direction that doesn’t involve SeenTh.at. I would like to thank them both publicly for their hard work on SeenTh.at, and for their ongoing friendships. We’ve been through a lot and have grown close over the past two years. Congrats to you both on the exciting times you have ahead with your families, you will be missed.
So what does that mean for SeenTh.at? Well, we’re still here. The site is functioning as it should (limited as the features may be), and the community is growing on the same trajectory it has been for the last year. Having said that, we no longer have any development resources and thus have no way to update the site as we had hoped and planned. It pains me to reveal that to you, dear Seenies, because I know how badly you’ve longed for custom lists, a mobile app, and all the other tools we’ve talked about for the last two years. In fact, this all happened more than two months ago, but I just haven’t had the heart to say anything publicly.
I want you each to know that I’m still hoping for the best, as improbably as it may be. I’ll do everything I can to personally make sure the SeenTh.at experience doesn’t regress in any way. Hell, maybe we just need to make this a crowdsourced solution and we can pull together to make incremental updates to the site. I don’t know. I’m honestly at a loss for what else to say.
Feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ideas or maybe want to chew me out, or leave a comment below.
This isn’t the end…
Wow, you blink an eye and three months go by. Can you believe we’re almost half way through 2012? Not only that, but we’re a little over 2 months into our closed BETA. Let’s take a brief look at the past few weeks and see what’s happened:
March 19th, 2012 – SeenTh.at launches closed BETA to #VIP200
March 22nd, 2012 – BetaLi.st publishes interview with yours truly
March 23rd, 2012 – Round 2 of 400 BETA invites hit email inboxes #VIP600
March 24th – 2012 – Auto-complete in Chatter forms is now functional
March 28th, 2012 – You can now sort lists by alpha or release year
April 11th, 2012 – Connections and user search are now live
April 27th, 2012 – Commenting feature is now live in Chatter
April 28th, 2012 – Round 3 of 400 BETA invites hit email inboxes #VIP1000
April 29th, 2012 – Round 4 of 600 BETA invites hit email inboxes #VIP1400
April 29th, 2012 – Infinite scrolling is live in Chatter
May 3rd, 2012 – Round 5 of 600 BETA invites hit email inboxes #VIP2000
May 5th, 2012 – Cast/Crew search is now live on SeenTh.at
May 13th, 2012 – Round 6 of 500 BETA invites hit email inboxes #VIP2500
May 13th, 2012 – Ratings are now live on SeenTh.at
May 15th, 2012 – Review Chatter has direct link to full review. Review Chatter also now shows up in corresponding movie’s Chatter
May 18th, 2012 – JP becomes SeenTh.at’s first full-time employee
May 25th, 2012 – Comment notifications are now live
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Ok guys. Let’s huddle up. Feel free to take a knee.
Some of you have been following us longer than others. A lot of you recently joined the group after reading about us on Mashable. Regardless, you’re all ready for something that’s eluded us all for months now:
The SeenTh.at Launch
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Hey there…it’s been a while. Sorry if it seems like we’ve been a bit absent lately. We never meant to make you feel neglected…quite the opposite, in fact. We love you. We love your excitement and your enthusiasm. One of our favorite things to do lately is “eaves drop” on Twitter conversations you’re all having about our project. The sentiment is overwhelmingly positive and that makes us feel terrible. Continue reading →
*I’m going to apologize in advance for this, because some of you may roll your eyes. But sometimes a dude’s just gotta’ wax poetic.*
Throughout history, there have been several long and arduous journeys that mankind has undertaken, all in the interest of making life better. Sometimes these journeys are simply a a testament to ourselves of what we’re capable of. Other times, they’re made out of necessity. Regardless of the motivation, we seem to consistently seek out and take on the challenges that initially seem impossible, but once conquered, define us.
I’ve shared briefly in our first blog post how the journey of SeenTh.at began. The hope will always be that completion of our goal,
“To provide movie lovers a way to socially enrich their interaction with movies beyond the viewing experience”
will fill a common need amongst film fans, even those that don’t now realize what they’re missing .
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This last week proved to be a big one for the social networking scene. For those that were paying attention, Thursday’s F8 developer conference provided a HUGE amount of insight into where Facebook is headed. I must say, I’m pretty impressed with how Zuckerberg and company are improving their network with Timelines and the next generation of OpenGraph. I definitely recommend checking out the link I provided on Timelines (from the Facebook blog), but I’m actually going to focus on the latter in this post. Continue reading →
Anybody heard of this site? Go now, check it out.
What do you think?
I’ll reserve my thoughts, but wish to share something: @myscribbler has posted several comments to our blog, and also reached out via Twitter, to several of you that have publicly expressed excitement for SeenTh.at. Because we want our blog to be a place where we can communicate directly with you about our project, we have not allowed these comments to show up in the discussions where they were posted. However, because we’re all about improving the options available to the movie-loving community, I decided to create this post as an opportunity for anyone (including the folks over at Scribbler) to share their thoughts. We definitely don’t think we have all of the answers, and realize there may already be great options ahead of SeenTh.at.
I have always loved movies.
As a young boy, I remember thumbing through the drawers of thick VHS tapes my folks had used to record movies from HBO, trying to find a movie to watch. Each tape had 3-4 titles scribbled on the label, and when I finally decided on the one I wanted it usually required a few minutes of rewinding or fast forwarding in order to make sure I was at the beginning of the desired movie. As a teenager, I held one of my first jobs at a theater working concessions, ushering patrons and selling tickets in the box office. In college I spent two years managing shifts at the local Blockbuster Video store, as well as managing community promotions at a local theater. It’s because of this exposure to “the movies” that I have seen well over 2,000 films in my lifetime, and plan to see thousands more.
Movies make me laugh, cry, cringe, shudder, smile, dream and love. They have an almost unmatched ability to transport me to another world. They inspire, terrify and excite. They allow me, as a viewer, to virtually experience another’s life, if only in some small measure.
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