A round of software updates just went out, that contained a few minor bugfixes, a handful of performance improvements, some design tweaks, and one important change to spots. It's only been about 30 hours since our public launch was officially announced, but there was an obvious change in the type of users on the site. Prior to, we were only dealing with business owners, here to promote and improve their business.
A big thanks to Jessica Royand the staff at BetaBeat, a great site for getting the low down on high tech, for doing an awesome write-up and review of Workout Spots. Jessica was nice enough to take time out of her busy schedule to talk on the phone with me earlier today so she can learn about what we're doing over here -- much appreciated!
A huge thanks goes to Anthony Ha and the entire staff at TechCrunch, my long-standing favorite site for web tech and business news, for being the exclusive one to cover the official, public launch of Workout Spots. Having TechCrunch make the announcement of our public launch topped the list of ways to begin getting the word out - it's really exciting to see.
Tomorrow is the big day - and it came fast. We opened up our doors about two weeks ago, secretly spreading the news to every fitness organization that we could get in touch with, in what we were calling our pre-launch. We wanted to bring them up to speed on what we are looking to build and give them an opportunity to set up shop here. And they did.. we hit 100 spots today. There's even almost 1,500 classes in our system already.
Five days ago we reached an important milestone, which was just one week after opening up quietly to fitness organizations around the country - 50 spots. If you haven't read the post about it, check out our personal thank you to each of the 50 businesses here. It's been incredibly fun and exciting getting to meet each and every one of you; hearing your stories, learning about your business, and even being thanked for creating Workout Spots.
Recurring classes is a simple concept. Create a class, then have it automatically repeat when you want it to. For example, every day, every week, every 2 weeks, every day excluding weekends, etc. It's easy and it's extremely convenient. It's also been our most requested feature. Why in the world were we missing it? Well, mainly because we wanted to get online as fast as possible, to bring our concept to the world. Also, because it does provide us with some technical challenges. But as soon as the first business said that not having recurring classes is a deal-breaker, the work began.
Tomorrow marks a week since we began our public, "pre-launch", in an effort to begin secretly spreading the word to fitness organizations across the country about Workout Spots. The responses have been more than great. We've received a ton of great feedback and even praise for putting this application out there (and especially, making it available for free); and of course there has been some not-so-great feedback, but it's enabled us to quickly make some much-needed changes around here.
Just because our site is live, doesn't mean that the work stops. We're constantly adding, fixing, and tweaking our software. A lot of the fuel behind the changes are coming directly from you - business owners that are sharing their ideas, concerns, and complaints, with us. We want to hear everything you have to say because it's truely being used to shape this awesome application. A single day hasn't gone by yet, in the past week since opening up live to businesses, where we haven't pushed some new changes live. Some aren't too exciting or important, but we think this one is..
We came across a little bug earlier today, that somehow went under the radar. It turned out that classes were only allowing a maximum of one picture to be attached; and that's no fun. The limit was originally set to be five, so that's now been fixed and restored.
If you've already added classes, and you want to add additional pictures, you can easily edit your classes now and add up to 5 pictures.
Just a little over 24 hours after opening up for businesses to begin to register on Workout Spots, we've made some significant changes and improvements to our system. The primary goal for a quiet opening for businesses was to allow them to get setup with our system before we begin marketing to the general public. But, an equally as important goal was to gather as much critical feedback from these businesses that we could - because, in the end, who knows better about the needs of a fitness organization? Well, you spoke and we listened.