It has been a while since we updated the blog so we thought we'd give everyone a quick update on what has been happening on http://textisbeautiful.net recently.
Firstly, we have cleaned up the blog commenting system. We have added a spam filter and turned out trackbacks. The lesson here is don't publish a blog without appropriate spam filtering on comments. If you do, you will get absolutely inundated with spam. Soon we will also add a captcha to the commenting system to stop our databases filling up.
Next, we made some incremental improvements to the site to make it easier to use. This included some tweaking of the help text and addressing our most common error in a more user friendly way. We get inundated with emails from people asking us why their data won't run on the site. 99.99% of the time it is because the data they have isn't between 5,000 and 100,000 character long. Obviously our reporting of this error condition wasn't good enough as it was escaping people's attention so we have made it much more obvious now.
Finally, we were recently contacted by the nice people at the Collaborative Services Blog wondering if they could interview us for their series on Words. Obviously we were happy to help out! You can see the results for yourself here.
Let me finish by saying we are continuing to work extremely hard on some dramatic improvements to TextIsBeautiful so that it is much more useful and powerful for all our wonderful users. We have had over 20,000 unique visitors to the site since we launched it just over 6 months ago without any real marketing effort on our side which is fantastic and far exceeds our expectations!