Your beta launch has gone well when the interest is so substantial that it overwhelms your server. That’s the experience Jackie Zantow is in after launching Crawlr to graduate with an M.A. in Business Design & arts Leadership from the Savannah College of Art & Design.
Crawlr is an app like Tinder but rather than hook-ups, it’ll find you find people, or groups, near you looking for some tabletop RPG action.
An account at Crawlr means you can create a profile listing the types of games you like and your location. You can then use it to send private messages, add friends, create groups and use that important search function.
The site is an instant hit even though it’s an MVP (a minimum viable product). Writing on Reddit, Jackie said;
When I posted this, I had 18 members. There’s now over 550, and I’m working with my host on upping the packages.
And then, later adding;
Thanks to Reddit, Crawlr is over 3,000 strong for this beta testing period. Absolutely incredible.
The success has come at a cost, though, not including Jackie needing to stay up beyond 3am to try and deal with support tickets. Some site functions have had to be disabled, including the age verification, in order to reduce queues and bottlenecks.
If you’re not familiar with software development or the term MVP then the main thing to remember is; Crawlr won’t be perfect. It’s launched, in beta, when it was pretty much functional. Give it time.