Monthly Archives: February 2006

New Features for YakAlike

Added a page on Yakalike for posting new features. This will be the dumping ground / announcement page for all new features.

Todays addition was a very much requested feature. The ability to stay on one channel while surfing to other sites. This is mostly useful when browsing links from such sites as Digg.com. You are able to visit all of the interesting links listed on the site, but still continue chatting with others in the digg.com channel.

What a Month

So I pushed out Yakalike on the first day of this year. Things weren’t quite all that ready, but I figured that 5 years of talking about this chat thing was enough and it should finally be released.

The digg.com posting generated way more traffic that I could imagine, rendering the server barely usable within a few hours, but not before about 1500 users got to sign up. It was a blast to be dugg – a new experience for me. Things are quite stable now, much more traffic can be handled as a result of a hardware upgrade and several revisions of the yakalike software.

So, thanks to everyone who has used Yakalike and for all of your great feedback. I’ve taken in a lot of bug submissions and features requests. A lot of things have been addressed, but there is much more in store for Yakalike, so stay tuned.

Upcoming Features

  • Ignore – almost ready to be released
  • Sticky Channels – many users have complained about the constant reloading of the chat window when switching tabs, this will be resolved in an upcoming release
  • Yakmasters – the title might change – Giving some control to webmasters. Recognizing users who are webmasters for a certain domain. Probably with a robots.txt like file in the root of the domain – need suggestions, please add comments to the blog if you have something to contribute
  • Scheduled meetings
    • Ability to schedule times for users to congregate at a channel.
    • Javascript to paste into a site to notify users of upcoming scheduled events
    • Post comments to this blog if you have suggestions.
  • More… – Post suggestions if you’ve got ‘em.