We have an expression in the UK that ‘bad news comes in threes’; lately, I’ve been finding that bad news seems to travel in fives and possibly sixes!
Depending on where you are in the world, you’ll have noticed that access to the application has been suspended for a few weeks now. This is due to a very badly timed chain of events, that begun with a simple upgrade to the way we retrieve listing data, but has recently become the fault of a legal matter.
To make a long story incredibly short (and leaving out details I’m not permitted to include), I’m choosing to start again with completely new code, and will have a second version of the application released within the next two – three weeks, technology permitting.
There is a moral to this, and I hope if you find yourself in a similar position you can learn from my mistakes. Flipfilter began life as a personal project for which I had coding help from some very talented but not entirely trustworthy people. Over the last three months we’ve managed to create a community of very supportive users many of whom have contributed to the application. Due to the informal way the project began, I failed to make considerations as to my legal standpoint and now we must make some changes as a result.
Rather than go down the litigation route (or give up completely!), I’ve chosen to recreate the app from scratch, using some of the old code but rewriting most of it for the better. With the application starting as a simple, small project, the thought never entered my mind to protect what had been created but this is one of the many lessons I’ll put down to experience and be thankful it happened at such an early stage.
I hope you’ll continue to stick around and accept my apologies for the downtime. When we do return, there will be a few new features with an emphasis on finding hidden value in sites not immediately obvious from the listing, in addition to plans to add some new sources for higher tier websites for sale.
Thanks in advance for your support!