Thursday, June 28, 2007

168 hours later

A week ago we launched WikiTag, the wiki search directory. Things were kicked off right with great write ups by Mashable, KillerStartups and StartupSquad. These blogs were quick, and rightly so, to point out that WikiTag is definitely a work in progress.

Since our launch, we've added more then 100,000 wikis to our index. (That's right, 100,000. Who knew there were that many wikis out there?) Try searching for your favorite obscure interest - you'll probably find a community of people out there talking about your favorite hobby.

However, most of these wikis remain untagged, so we really need your help tagging these wikis to increase the relevancy of our search results, especially if you run a wiki.

Additionally, if you're a wiki hosting provider and are interested in having your hosted wikis added to our index, please contact us.

Finally, please communicate any suggestions we can make to improve your WikiTag experience. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

How we developed WikiTag! in less than two weeks

As we were about to step onto the metro in Washington D.C., Aaron mentioned that he's been thinking about creating a search directory for wikis where users could register and tag a wiki, and others could search for wikis. I immediately loved the idea, as there are thousands and thousands of wikis in existence that no one knows about.

As soon as we got back into the office, we decided to figure out how to get a version 1.0 of a wiki search directory out there. Andy was given the task of working with Aaron to create the back-end (MSSQL and C#) and implement the ASP side as well. Everyone at the office threw out name sugestions (we decided on WikiTag!), and I was charged with designing the logo and doing some basic CSS work.

The first week was full of growing pains, as Andy was relatively inexperienced with C# and ASP, and I was a relative novice with CSS. After a few days, we began to get the bugs worked out and everything began to come together. In just five days we had an internal launch. Four working days later, we're ready to go live with WikiTag!

Sure, WikiTag! is a rough, crude, beta product, but the functionality is there. We'll be adding many features over the next weeks, but WikiTag! is capable and useful right now, and we hope many of you will use it to discover new wikis.

There really isn't a secret recipe to our launching a new product in two weeks with three people. It is really just the product of nice division of labor, hard work, and solid leadership. Nothing mind boggling there. If you have an idea that seems too daunting to even start, then trim down the fat, decide on the essential features, build it, get it out there, and let the people decide.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Welcome to WikiTag!

Thanks for visiting the WikiTag! blog - we've just launched WikiTag! (, the wiki search directory that lets you share, tag and search wikis. We've seen blog usage explode in the past year, and wikis are right on their heels, but there isn't a central way of organizing and searching wikis. We hope that WikiTag! will be a great way for you to discover great wiki resources you never knew existed.

WikiTag! is very much in beta, so please bear with us through our growing pains. If you spot any bugs, please let us know at For now, go share your favorite wiki!