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The state of followmy.tv, past, present and future.

By Lemon - Nov 24, 2013

First of all, thank you for all the users that still use followmy.tv up to today! I love how active the users are in our community. Followmy.tv would never existed without our awesome users. And a special thanks to all of the users that donated, without you guys/girls followmy.tv would not be possible to maintain. And I'm grateful for having built a website that is used by 10s of thousands users worldwide daily.

Second, and the most important thing, we as the staff of followmy.tv have to say 3 important words to our users "We are sorry". We are sorry for being inactive this long, we are sorry for features that were promised but never came, we are sorry for not answering support tickets in time.

Now that those are out of the way, lets explain what is going on with followmy.tv, what the future holds and what the reality is.

Followmy.tv was founded 3 years ago as a side project by Jasper and me, we had big dreams, dreams like "We will have 1 million users", "I hope we can work for followmy.tv full time", "I hope followmy.tv becomes profitable enough for us to hire additional staff". None of these dreams came true so far, but I still dream of at least making one of those dreams reality.

Currently the state of followmy.tv is that we are in a hibernation state, the website is working stable, we are still growing daily with an average of 30 signups / day with over 30% active users. We have awesome crew members that moderate and add content daily. But all of this is overshadowed by the fact that our core developers are not developing any new features or are very slow in answering support tickets. Ofcourse this is unacceptable and I hope we can change this in the future.

Of course we do not do this by choice but the sad fact is, we just don't have enough free time to assign to followmy.tv to handle all of the feature requests and/or support tickets. We both have full time day jobs, we both have relationships, we both have a lot of other responsibilities that are more important that followmy.tv. Followmy.tv started as a side project and is still a side project.

The last update to followmy.tv was almost 2 years ago, but we have been doing a lot of development since then. Currently followmy.tv runs on an older version of the CakePHP framework, the moment CakePHP 2.x came out we started re building followmy.tv from the ground up resulting in a much more stable and faster website. This development project has been going on for over a year now and we are close but not close enough to release it to production. This is the reason why there are no features being released to the live website because we would have to build them twice, for the old site and the new site.

One of the biggest requests is the API and the mobile application. I have been working on the API for over a year now and it is complete for about 75%. But due to lacking free time to work on it, it has been delayed immensely. We were also working on a complete new redesign of the website which we scrapped for now because that was going to take too much time to complete now. All in all, the new version of followmy.tv is very close to be finished but not yet. Its the last push and testing phase that is taking a lot of time, and currently we both have almost zero time to commit to followmy.tv.

Financially followmy.tv is costing us a considerate amount monthly to keep it in the air, the combination of ads and donations is just not bringing enough cash in to cover all the costs, let alone hiring software developers to develop for us.

How does the future of followmy.tv look like?

This is unclear, one thing I'm completely 100% sure off though, followmy.tv will keep existing as long as I'm existing. Its my biggest software passion and will always be my biggest passion. Some things have to change though, our crew has to be more active. I personally vouch that once I'm settled in in my new home (I'm in the middle of moving to a different country) I will make more free time to work on followmy.tv.

We will also start looking for extra developers / designer within our community that share our passion and want to help out and want the opportunity to make followmy.tv better.

If you are a software developer with a lot of experience in CakePHP (or PHP in general) or if you are an awesome UI designer, please drop us an email on info@followmy.tv.

I hope you (the awesome user) accept my apology, and I hope you will keep using our website and have the patience. We really appreciate every one of you that use our website daily, weekly or just once.

Cheers, Jelle

Comments

mfferreiro
mfferreiro (Nov 26, 2013)

As I started to read I thought you were about to close... Thanks god you're not! As many people here, I use followmy.tv daily, and I love it. I don't have any complaints neither, and although I did asked for the mobile app, take your time!
I'm sorry I'm no designer or developer, but if you need a tester, count on me! :-)

microkid
microkid (Nov 26, 2013)

This is the best website that's on the web :) I use it daily and wouldn't survive without it :) Keep up the good work guys, and I totally agree with you that family, work and friends come first :)

tesla
tesla (Nov 26, 2013)

@tauk 'Would prefer if watched was a single click action rather than needing a confirmation.' -- You can already turn off the confirmation in your account settings, I have. :)

AnimeArchAngel
AnimeArchAngel (Nov 26, 2013)

I don't know how I managed to keep track of all my shows before I found this wonderful website. You certainly don't need to apologize! Keep up the amazing work.

daniula
daniula (Nov 26, 2013)

I can't imagine being up to date with all awesome TV series around without followmy.tv. Thanks guy for your service. I found out about you by accident when I was browsing through CakePHP showecase webpage and saw your logo there. It was long time ago, I used CakePHP a lot since that time, currently switched to Django. However, if you are thinking about making this project open sourced and get help in implementing features from community , I'm definitely in.

Defoil
Defoil (Nov 25, 2013)

You shouldn't apologize! Keep up the good work!

uzzarox
uzzarox (Nov 25, 2013)

@sicklater seconded!

WhiteSenji
WhiteSenji (Nov 25, 2013)

The Website looks great and i don't think it really needs lot of tuning. But what i believe is you could hire some people who are willing to help for free (I know there are volunteers) that could be interested updating show profiles and episode infos. Thats all i want really

sicklater
sicklater (Nov 25, 2013)

This website honestly doesn't need any updates IMO, everything works so well for me and it serves exactly the function that I need it to. Thanks for making such a helpful website, and for being sure that you will keep it around!

Geido
Geido (Nov 25, 2013)

I have absolutely no complaints about anything on this website. If you keep it as is for the next 40 years, I would be happy.

cimet
cimet (Nov 25, 2013)

I've been using followmy.tv daily for a year and a half now, and I'm quite pleased with how everything works, I've had absolutely no complaints! Please, don't apologize! You're doing a great job, and I'm grateful for it. Thank you, and good luck with everything!

kittykat
kittykat (Nov 25, 2013)

So much apologies for an already great and VERY usefull website!!! Thank you! Not for the message but for the idea and the simplicity of Followmy which made my "serie geekness" easier to organise.

-if there are mistakes, please, forgive me, I'm French...

chpelz
chpelz (Nov 25, 2013)

"I love this site even if it hasn't changed a bit. I don't know what I would do without it, I just wouldn't be able to keep up with all the series I watch! Thank you for devoting your time to save that of thousands of people." - I couldn't say it better! :)

StanP
StanP (Nov 25, 2013)

I use your site every day! It's something that I've really come to depend on as an avid tv watcher. Thank you so much for the wonderful service you and your colleagues provide. I sincerely hope you will be able to continue to grow for many years to come.

lacasitopink
lacasitopink (Nov 25, 2013)

I love this site even if it hasn't changed a bit. I don't know what I would do without it, I just wouldn't be able to keep up with all the series I watch! Thank you for devoting your time to save that of thousands of people.

londonergroupie
londonergroupie (Nov 25, 2013)

you have created something amazing and so useful. I really hope followmy.tv will be the next instagram bought for a shitload of money :) xx

tauk
tauk (Nov 25, 2013)

Love using it as a simple app to keep up to date when episodes are released. Would prefer if watched was a single click action rather than needing a confirmation.

Rambobe
Rambobe (Nov 25, 2013)

Your site still does the job for me! They only things I might want to see in the future are: mark episodes as: watches twice, 3time, .... and a mobile app ;)

emonquente
emonquente (Nov 25, 2013)

"I just realised I've been using this site for 2 years now... Wow! And I never felt the need for change, it's great the way it is." --- what Artfex said.

ferdiad
ferdiad (Nov 25, 2013)

I think the site is great as it is. Thanks for doing this!

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