After we posted a review of Chit Chat for Facebook, we sent a few questions to the developer, and here are all the questions and answers:
What Have You Enjoyed the Most Whilst Making This Program?
For me the most enjoyable aspect is the emails that we receive each week from our users whom simply email in to say “thanks” or to provide recommendations as to features that they’d like to see us support in the future.
Every aspect of this project has been a challenge, and so, for me, it’s the feedback and success metrics that we receive that makes it all worthwhile.
What was the first program you’ve made?
The first application that I made was, well, years ago now come to think of it. It was in the days when Visual Basic 6 reigned supreme, at least if you were young and had no programming skills what-so-ever. Indeed, I programmed a “bot” application for MSN Messenger, that’s the name by which Windows Live Messenger used to be known.
To be honest, that application was pretty rubbish, however I was insanely proud of my ugly creation.
Do you have anything you would like to add to the program, and do you have any regrets?
Well, in all honesty, there are plenty of features that I’d like to add to Chit Chat. However, unfortunately, everything takes time.
I don’t have any regrets that I can think of.
I understand that you have 10,000 – 20,000 downloads a day, currently. How many users do you expect will be using your product by the end of 2010?
That’s an interesting question. I’d like to think that we have an active user-base of at least 2,500,000 by then, however, to be entirely honest with you I tend to spend my time making improvements and understanding current statistical trends whilst determining what’s popular than picking numbers out of the air regarding future statistics.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m future looking, however, no one has a crystal ball. My goal is to become the largest independent provider of a Facebook Chat client.
What’s your favorite feature that Chit Chat boasts?
Well, actually, I like our shortcut functionality that we’ve just implemented in Chit Chat version 1.4 at the time of writing it’s not generally available, however, we hope to release within the month.
Do you have any advice for someone whom wants to startup a new software firm?
- Be realistic, about what you’re skills are – what you can do yourself and what you’ll need to pay someone else to do.
- Keep your goals realistic, and take one step at a time.
- Be ambitious, keep working towards improving where you currently are.