|Barked: Fri Jun 17, '05 9:41am PST |
No need to fear. the general Dogster and Catster sites will always be our primary focus. DogsterPlus and CatsterPlus are an extra side feature for those that want. We do this for all our users and they have many different interests and wants. We realize some incredibly deep pocketed companies can offer storage for free, but we're just a 3 person team. We shun funding because we want this to last not burn out, and trust me, quality advertising dollars are very hard to come by.
But that is boring business talk. How about talking about the good stuff.
Next week we will be breaking ground on a whole new set of 100% community features that will include, Dogster Groups, where users can join and form groups about any topic they want (A Dogster version of Yahoo's groups), we're going to overhaul the Friends and Corral features so they can be much more rebust, layered and highly searchable and trackable. We'll be offering users easier and more fun way to leave messages and treats and we'll be setting up tracking so you can get easy notifications when your friends write new diaries, leave you messages, leave you treats and they will know about yours.
Even these forums that we are using now were 100% written by hand by us (they luanched just a couple weeks before you joined). Like every other feature we add we offer a basic set at first and only after people show they really want them do we expand them (that's a method that allows us to not waste time and allow us to produce as much as 3 people can possibly make). They've been a big success and we've got a great list of additions that will be live soon, including editing and preview, and moderators. Since we build EVERYTHING from the grond up as the site grows closer and closer to the virtual dog park we'll have the ability integrate anything exactly how the community wants it. Everything is a giant work in progress.
So no fear. I see you're coming up at your first month at Dogster. I think you'll soon see we do things differently around here, we really care about how special Dogster and Catster are and we're going to do all we can to keep that magic barking bright no matter what happens.
Of course you can continue to disagree, that's what makes forums so cool. We will, however, just keep doing what we're doing. Time will be the proof of what happens and even when I work 16 hour days I can't make that go any slower, so we'll all know soon enough!
Many many woofs!