Simple News Section for Chat Site


I have added a simple news section the my random chat project which can be found here. It was a tough decision weather or not to go with something like WordPress for the CRM style section of the site. In the end I’ve started rolling my own simple WordPress clone (if you can even call it that). The plan is to add more features like commenting soon. Maybe eventual open source that part of the project but not sure just yet. It is going to be a while before the ui and code will be mature enough to edit as nice as you can with WordPress or other popular online tools. For now, it’s nice to have a separation between the technical side of the project and marketing stuff needed to keep users happy. Something I talked about in my last post. Besides, the project is about building great random stranger chat, not building CRMs. 🙂

On a side note, using what little graphics design knowledge I have to make some marketing materials.

Image from Pokiecam news anouncement

Pokiecam Random Chat Facebook Promo

User Feedback Form Factor!


If a web site has users it is very likely the operators of the website would like to know when a user experiences a problem. Equally as likely if a user has a complaint or notices an error on the website the webmaster wants to know. It is totally amazing how many new web sites I have been to which don’t have a way for me to report some issue I’ve noticed. A couple weeks ago I added a report problem page to my random chat website. The link for that page can be seen right below the chat app. Not a single user has filed out the form, and I am guessing that is not because everything is perfect. I’ll be thinking of ways to try in crease the likely hood someone will report a problem.

Just today I added another way to get user feedback via a contact page. Links to this page replace some dead email and phone links on other places on the site. This should put stranger chat users at ease if they are wondering about the credibility of the site (those broken links were a bit sketch). All in all, these are just a couple minor improvements but I’m hoping that they are improvements that users will notice.

Since this is really meant to be a place for me to talk about the more technical side of the project. Before I do however, that was a nice segue to say that I’ll be adding a news section the the chat site soon. It will be a place to announce features and what not so I can keep this blog technical in nature. The news site will also be another great way for me to stay in contact with users about what’s going on.

Back to the task at hand. Here are some simple tech notes as there is not much exciting happening on these pages; For starts, these are super simple pages.. The forms are just boostrap 4 with a bit of jquey to submit. On the server, I’m sanitizing the form inputs, creating the email with pure python and sending an email to an email account. That’s all mate.

Days Of Internet Directories Gone


Seems the days of internet directories like the yahoo directory and dmoz are coming to an end. While dmoz went offline earlier this year it promises to have a replacement at some point. I’m not holding my breath for that one but I did find a couple good directories still exist. I went a head and submitted Pokiecam to one of them. Hopefully it gets put in the right spot for people looking to random chat.

One thing is for sure, the internet landscape is changing. The days of the social media rise seems to be slowing down. Older internet mainstays like directories are coming an end. I personally wonder what will be next. If I have to make a prediction it’ll be that blogging sticks around and chat sites become the future.