Truemors: Let the users test it

Guy Kawasaki's new startup Truemors launched yesterday, though the service by itself did not impress me it got covered by techcrunch and other blogs just because its by Kawasaki. This service allows the users to post rumors via voice messaging, text messaging, email, and online interface for which the other people can give the score, based on the score it will display the greatest truemors. Interesting thing about it was that its seems to be launched without any basic testing. Following things were observed:

  • Many rumors have the rating as +2147483648 or -2147483648 which clearly was integer overflow because of some bug in their scoring code.

  • Soon, many testers [including me :)] started posting javascripts and HTML redirect code in the name and truemor fields. Infact for some time the site started poping up "Hello" alert, clearly some user has added the javascript code in the Name field.

  • Even the Greatest Truemors were not properly sorted according to score.

  • But truemors did fix most of these issues on the fly. Are we moving into the situation where we can just launch the web product and wait for users to test them and fix them on the fly in cases where it fails :).

    1 comment:

    1. Mallikarjun,

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      If you feel there is any truth in what I'm trying to do here, I would really appreciate it if you could let your readers know about what VocalNation.net seeks to accomplish.

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      Tony Trupp
      Founder & Sole Developer
      VocalNation.net

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