I am going to write about my journey to develop my most-famous self-project — MySpeed Application.
On a crazy night, I was being extra-innovative and mad for developing something cool. I was searching APIs to use and create something awesome and innovative out of them. Suddenly I thought about how the internet speed testing websites work and became curious in running internet speed tests via API. I started searching for Internet Speed Testing API. I found a couple of them but which were completely redundant.
I, actually started coding at 2:10 am, 31st July. Starting from the basic rest running script to the pre-final draft of the web-app that had just a couple of HTML elements(a couple of tables and some chunk of text).
By this time, I had entire idea of what I wanted to make. I wanted to develop an app that will let users run internet speed tests, find out their download & upload speeds and the most importantly — will tell them their global rank based on previous results.
After coding continuously for about 3 hours – at 5:00 am, I was ready with the Beta version of the app. I thought a little about the name, and decided to name it MySpeed Application.
By that time, I was already running late. But I needed a lot of people to test the app that I had created just out of my curiosity. So, that was the time to act a little bit devil! I mailed the link with description of the application to the mail list of PicsMashup. Acting a little smarter, I scheduled the mails to go at 12:15 am — just to make sure it reach out to maximum people. But, all in vain! Not even a single person opened the email(except me of course). But, I knew it was the fault of the title that I chose for the email not the application itself. So, to attract people to validate the idea and test the beta application, I shared it with all of my social networks and sat back calmly to see results. The results were astonishing. I got more than 80 unique(IP) users within next 24 hours. Nonetheless, 400+ visitors!
Till the moment of writing this article, MySpeed Application has got more than 150+ unique testers and 1.5k+ visits on the web-app. I keep on improving it and adding new features to the app as much as I can get time from my super-tight schedule.
For feedback/suggestions/feature-requests, tweet me @sahildua2305#MySpeed