So, we had a number of initiatives in the works at the beginning of the year but several major projects were on the "back-burner."
Over the last couple of months, however, things have really been moving at light-speed. We've made so much progress that we're looking at rolling several major pieces together for a combined roll out. There is always some business risk when making major changes, especially several major changes at once. However, these projects have been a work-in-progress for years and have finally come to fruition.
I was just thinking about how expectations have changed so much in regards to technology over the past decade or two. It's really amazing to me, to see the "new generation of expectations."
I, not being that old, still remember the days of brick sized cell phones at $2/minute and eagerly waiting 25 minutes to load up "missile command" on my friend's Commodore64!
Now I see teenagers these days who carry around cellphones with multi-megapixel cameras, playing unbelievable games on PlayStation 3. And even then, those gadgets and games will be considered obsolete within a few years.
Since ShrinkTheWeb began providing its website screenshot service a couple of years back, we have seen an exciting amount of free code being shared (some on our site but mostly on individual sites). After some discussion, we have been kicking around ideas on how to better promote free and open source code among our users.
We just learned that PageGlimpse will be shutting down their service as of December 15th, 2010. They cited increasing costs and focus on other projects. This type of service is very expensive to maintain, especially if it becomes popular, so PageGlimpse is having to make the tough decision to leave current customers with a non-working solution, unless they find a buyer.
Anyone currently using PageGlimpse is invited to try out ShrinkTheWeb, as our free/basic service supports 98% of our users. However, we also offer premium services and guaranteed response times, for those that require it.
As many of our customers have become aware recently, our merchant provider, Electronic Payment Systems, ceased operations of their online payment gateway on June 17th, 2010. This, they did, with no prior warning or notice. This caused ShrinkTheWeb serious and irreparable damages in lost revenue, temporary inability to accept certain types of new customers, and a damaged reputation.