How's that whoclicked.it project going?

Since releasing an early beta version of my whoclicked.it project about a month ago, and gumroad getting a bit of press, I’ve had a few people randomly ask me about how it’s working out.

So I thought I would share some quick additional details.

First, the project is really just built around a personal desire I have had for a long time to know who is clicking on certain links I share. It’s not meant to be used all the time as a replacement for any other short url services, or even meant to be used for every link you share.

It’s simply meant to be used when you have a bit of content you want to be able to engage with people around…and for that rare use-case, on a personal level, I find that whoclicked.it has been great for me.

That being said, I get a lot of feedback that the ‘log in required’ page is really horrible (and I agree)…and many people have said that page alone scares them off. So I’ve definitely got to improve that page (though I have zero budget for this project at the moment).  And until I do, I suspect that the service itself will probably only serve my tiny needs and not much else (I don’t think anyone else knows about, or uses whoclicked.it yet anyway – though I do think the gumroad funding helps validate my concept at least a little bit).

Anyway, the service definitely is serving my own needs. As you can hopefully see from the screen shot above, it causes a lot of bounces and drops (I expected that when designing the service in the first place), but some REAL people actually are clicking through on the links I share…and when they do, I get to know who they are and have a chance to reach out and engage with them around that content.

So it may not be a world-changing service (yet) or getting a lot of hype or attention (most of my projects never do)…but it’s def. doing what I hoped it would for me on a personal level…and I think there’s a lot of untapped potential still to be fleshed out there (so I plan to continue to evolve it over time).

p.s. A nice bonus feature I added in is that you not only get to see who clicks on your stuff, you can now see what bots are also attempting to follow your shares – and when/how often. If you’ve got time, I would love to have you check it out at http://whoclicked.it

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This is the personal blog of Kevin Marshall (a.k.a Falicon) where he often digs into side projects he's working on for digdownlabs.com and other random thoughts he's got on his mind.

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