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As everyone knows by now, the current UI is very outdated and there haven't been any new features added in over 5 years.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

stewie
stewie (May 10, 2019)

Looking forward to it :)
I love this thing you created.

AucT
AucT (Apr 30, 2019)

I'm new here but I can feel good aura on this website. Cheers!

BertDenolf
BertDenolf (Mar 24, 2019)

Why are news shows not being added? I put in a request for 'Love Death & Robots' ages ago and it still has not been approved. @Lemon?

zvucnjak
zvucnjak (Mar 06, 2019)

Hey Sarah @lemon and everyone behind followmy.tv!

This is my favorite show-tracking website out there (I've tried a couple others). I like the simple & minimalistic design, I prefer functionality to "fluff" when it comes to services like these, and the database is great, I found a lot of shows here that I couldn't find on any other sites.

I'd like to know what are ways that we can contribute in keeping it alive. I recently started working as a web developer, front-end though, and still kind of a beginner, but if there's anything you could use some help with, let me know.

Have a great day!

ogsala
ogsala (Feb 21, 2019)

You're great and your efforts are much appreciated!

PippoInzaghi
PippoInzaghi (Jan 18, 2019)

Please update or hire people. This is getting ridiculous.

Astrid03
Astrid03 (Jan 17, 2019)

I appreciate all the work you put into this website. And I can understand when you have a full time job, and do it on your own/ with 2 people you wouldn't always have the time to work on it. I came here to say I contributed a show back in November and still it didn't get added or rejected. But now I read here: "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 can understand it's hard to keep up with one/two people working it, so why not add more people to that team? Only to check the contributions and maybe the updates for shows. I don't know, it's just that I like using this website, but when I have watched a show back in November and want to track it and to know where I left off, to have that show only added months later or not added at all it kinda takes away the whole point of the website. I've had it happen multiple times.

Anyway, thanks for creating this website and hopefully we get to see the new version soon :)

ps. the show I'm talking about is called Deadwind (or Karppi), it's on Netflix:
https://thetvdb.com/series/344444

@lemon @josbeir

sparklebiscuit
sparklebiscuit (Jan 08, 2019)

It seems like episode lists aren't showing up at all...

yarasa
yarasa (Jan 06, 2019)

glad to be here.

loonylovegood
loonylovegood (Dec 04, 2018)

To be honest, the reason that I continue to use this site over going to others is due to the pure simplicity of it. It works great on a laptop and a phone, and it’s super easy to keep up. I appreciate all the work you do to maintain it, as it’s always been my favorite tv show tracker. I look forward to it’s future, but hope that it doesn’t stray too far from the simplicity that makes it so much better than the other sites. Best of luck with the work that lies ahead, and thank you again for maintaining this secret gem!

Franca284
Franca284 (Dec 02, 2018)

Thank You! :)

sylviejulie
sylviejulie (Nov 27, 2018)

Does anyone know how to delete user account?

ForgotMyLines
ForgotMyLines (Nov 25, 2018)

A lot of shows have been pending for other a month. When will new shows start getting accepted again? Thanks.

mcandre
mcandre (Nov 25, 2018)

Ay give us better privacy controls, and especially don't have a recommender bot publicly posting about what we watch!

Uncon
Uncon (Oct 23, 2018)

Thank you very much for your efforts and hard work! A huge endeavour like this will be time consuming and a complicated project to fully realise and complete. I’m very impressed that it hasn’t been abandoned. I’m a totally new user btw. Thanks again! Take care and be proud of your awesome site

goessaertN
goessaertN (Oct 20, 2018)

Modern family also

Saxo
Saxo (Oct 19, 2018)

Daredevil S3 needs an update

Saxo
Saxo (Oct 09, 2018)

https://twitter.com/followmytv/status/1049478019931238400

Not sure on the look of the new layout but as long as it works properly that's the main thing..

PippoInzaghi
PippoInzaghi (Oct 08, 2018)

And what do we do with the non-American shows that don't have an IMDB id?

ForgotMyLines
ForgotMyLines (Sep 30, 2018)

@Lemon Ah! I see. Thank you for the update. Just wanted to check, incase you had switched to running from IMDb now.
Cheers.

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