Introducing T.ly

Over the past several months, I have been working on a Link Shortener Extension for Chome and Firefox which has grown to over 50,000 users! The feedback has been great and many users love how simple it is to shorten long links. The extension allows users to select their default shortener service such as T.ly, TinyUrl, Bit.ly, is.gd, To.ly, Cutt.ly, Brevis, Rebrandly, and Lnnkin. In one click, they can shorten a URL which then automatically copies to their clipboard in less than a second.

Since the creation of the extension, the goal has been to give users an alternative to goo.gl which shut down in March 2019. This has worked well but shortener services come and go. So to make the extension more stable, I needed to create my own URL shortener. Read More

Has Everything Already Been Invented?

There is a famous quote “Everything that can be invented has been invented” believed to be by Charles H. Duell a commissioner of US patent office from 1889. Even though this quote is not accurate, it shows that many people believe the best inventions already exist. Of course, we know today this is not true. Think of the many inventions created in the past 30 years from technology to medical advances.

It is true that new ideas are hard to come by. I often find myself asking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” It seems that all my “good” ideas are already taken. The key is to remember that there may not be many new ideas, but that you can always improve existing products, apps, etc.

Seth’s First, ten

Seth’s post titled First, ten from back in 2009 is still relevant today. If you are building a product, finding your first ten users can be challenging but they are the first step to 100 then a 1,000 and so on.

Plan on the gradual build that turns into a tidal wave.

Be patient and stay motivated. Three years ago when I made the first commit for my weather extension, I never could have imaged it would have grown to over 200,000 active users. I was focused on the first 10 users and listened to their feedback. With many ups and downs, it has been a great journey so far. Here’s to another new year!