Followmy.tv Keeps track of your current tv shows. Discover new tv shows, discuss and share them with your friends.

Current state of things

By Lemon - Jan 29, 2018

Hi Everyone,

I'm so amazed at this insane loyal userbase. It's so heartwarming to have built something that others continue to enjoy for years and years!

I would like to give everyone an update on the future of followmy.tv. In short, it's not going away, ever. This is my passion product and I will continue to keep it up in the air to the best of my capabilities.

As everyone knows by now, the current UI is very outdated and there haven't been any new features added in over 5 years. With the exception of the contribution system. The reason is that I have been working for the last 5 years on a new version. but due to the sheer size of this website and it's complex social business logic, it's a very big task to do as a single engineer.

To give you some history:

  • The current live production version is running the CakePHP 1.3 framework.
  • CakePHP 2.x was released and Jasper and I started an effort to migrate the website to 2.x.
  • Jasper also started working on a brand new front-end UI which was going to be amazing.
  • Then life happened, I started an immigration process to the United States and both Jasper and I kinda lost interest in TV Shows and generally building apps in our free time.
  • We both were working full time and eventually CakePHP 3.x came around. Again a new version we had to migrate this huge application to. sigh..
  • I finalized my move to the US and Jasper officially left the team. The core team went from 2 to 1.
  • Several years went on where I started focussing on personal health and other life events that were more important.

During all these years when I had some downtime to work on followmy.tv, it was mostly dedicated to maintaining data request, fixing issues. There was no time left in building the new version and the efforts kinda fizzled out. The whole tvrage.com outage was a disaster that almost destroyed followmy.tv.

As for the future, the good news is that I started moving the entire codebase again to a more modern language with a better database engine. I've also started work on a brand new front-end that uses React.JS. I'm also developing the API side-by-side the web app.

In a new effort to get the new version out. I decided to from now on, to no longer add new features to the current live followmy.tv version. I will also be more strict in moderating the new show addition request, only tv shows that are from the major networks will be considered.

I'm doing this so I will have more free time to actually build a better version of the website you all love so much. I want this to be a success, I want to build new cool features for all of you, I want to have the API in place so we can finally move into the mobile app space.

I work full time, so the only thing I ask from this community is to have patience :-). I'm working on a new version. I don't know yet when it will be launched, but when it does, it will be fantastic!

This is the best thing I've built in my life. And I'm especially thankful to all the members that consistently provide feedback, submit show suggestions, and contribute to all the show, episode pages. Followmy.tv wouldn't be what it is today without all of you!

Best, Sarah (Lemon)

Comments

homrecker
homrecker (14 hours ago)

very useful site...thanks

amitthakkar
amitthakkar (3 days ago)

Yes! Please open source it! a ton of people want to contribute including me. I have 3 years hands-on with React and NodeJS. The only 2 things I do in my free time is watch tv shows and build stuff.

Rajce06
Rajce06 (3 days ago)

@Lemon That sounds awesome, thank you in advance for that! :)

Marius
Marius (4 days ago)

Thank you very much

Khaled
Khaled (4 days ago)
shoshana
shoshana (5 days ago)

Open-source it! I (and many others) would love to help build the new site. That would speed up the development time significantly.

basmian
basmian (6 days ago)

@Lemon Good to hear! Yes, APIs will be good. Keep it up.

TheMrbecks
TheMrbecks (7 days ago)

Thank you, this website is fantastic. Go on and rocks!

kvdv
kvdv (Feb 15, 2018)

Thank you for the work. I really enjoy this website, i use it every day ! <3

Lemon
Lemon (Feb 14, 2018)

@basmian Thank you so much for the feedback. It's super valuable to me! I will definitely keep a minimalistic design. I'm developing the API alongside the new front-end with the mobile app in mind :)

Lemon
Lemon (Feb 14, 2018)

@Rajce06 I'm planning to expand that feature with allowing you to make many private lists including a default pinned list.

colorblind90
colorblind90 (Feb 12, 2018)

Keep up the good work for all the tv-show lovers, great job!

Rajce06
Rajce06 (Feb 12, 2018)

Thank you for this, this page is a must have for tv shows maniacs! :) And just one request for the new version...please keep pinned shows, I really like it. :)

Foaman
Foaman (Feb 12, 2018)

Thank you for the update @Lemon, all your hard work on this wonderful site is much appreciated.

I use this site every day and If you want some help to speed things up, I would be more than happy to handle reviewing new show contribution requests.

basmian
basmian (Feb 12, 2018)

please understand, the best part of the website is the simple layout and easy to use as compared to other websites. Fancy does not always mean easy! keep it simple! Its good at one thing keep it the same. I would rather focus on a mobile app of Followmy.tv
Good luck!

edicarlossb
edicarlossb (Feb 11, 2018)

Thank you for your work. I'm software enginner in Brasil and i wish help you to develop the new version of site. Can we talk?

Deimnos
Deimnos (Feb 09, 2018)

We are behind you, and if we can help, ask. I,to be honest, dont have problems with the old interface but i understand the need to update the site! Good luck! We will be here whenever you get around to changing it!

Frigo
Frigo (Feb 08, 2018)

Keep on going Sarah. Been using the site for years. I've tried otherrs, but i'm always coming back for this site. I'll stay here for a long time if you permit me too ;)

moudreaux
moudreaux (Feb 08, 2018)

Thank you!

ghettogun987
ghettogun987 (Feb 05, 2018)

Thank you! i'm always loyal for this website.

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