One year ago we launched Sorsed with hopes tracking Internet rumors and highlighting quality sources of information. What we experienced, learned and witnessed was nothing short of spectacular and we are humbled by the response we have received during our first year of operation.
Sorsed has been used by readers from all around the world and is dishing out an average 2000 search results a day. Our database has grown significantly and rumors are being submitted by our users on a daily basis to the point that keeping up with the submissions has taken on a life of its own.
But the past is the past and we are working hard on the future.
As you have hopefully noticed, sorsed.com is now sorsed.net. In a few weeks, sorsed.com will have a new holding page up that shines a bright light on our expansion of the sorsed tool.
What we are building is an extension of the tech rumor platform and we are extremely excited to show the world in September what we have built as we know it’s going to change the game on those who dish out advice.
I want to personally thank my co-founder, CTO, and friend, Braeden for believing in the tech rumor idea. What I pitched to him was a simple idea on paper with hundreds of unknowns and he took them and built the engine that drives Sorsed. Together, we have become a great team that is working nights, weekends, and every hour in-between on the next generation of Sorsed and we hope you check back soon as we have something awesome to show you.
Our future is bright and with the help of our investors, developers, friends, family, my wife, and our entire entire support network, we thank you for checking us out and hope you come back often.
Features, features, features, that’s what we have been hammering out for the site. Over the past month we have pushed out a new search algorithm, the coveted accuracy leader board and rumor cards.
As we hoped, when the leader board went live, we saw a large influx of content as authors tried to either boost their own ranking or discredit authors above them by submitting rumors they got wrong. This influx of content helped us to grow the database and we are now at 750(!) data points.
The rumor cards solved a lot of logistical problems we had including how to properly permalink rumors and add a social sharing function to the site. The permalinks make it easier for a third-party to share an individual rumor, as opposed to the entire domain page; we love them.
We have a lot of content in development and the likely next feature update will be an improved submission feature. The submit button will remain on the site but we will be incorporating Twitter submissions too.
In the near future, when you want to submit a rumor, simply tweet “track @Sorsed LINK” , this will start the workflow and insert the rumor into our moderator queue. We hope this will encourage more submissions and streamline the input process by using a friendly medium.
We have also kicked-off work on the advanced analytics portion of the site. Design work is still in process, but we have the first draft of the feature set complete.
The site is moving forward, content is being submitted and we are gaining influence; onward and upward.
There are times when you sit back and wonder if what you are creating is worth the time and effort that you invest into your products. While we created Sorsed to isolate an issue, the end result has become much more expansive than we first, or ever could have imagined.
Last night, Sorsed received its first update since launch (official update, not a bug fix). The update introduces a new feature on the front end a bit of optimization on the back end too. First the front end, author pages are now live. What is an author page? It is a page that tracks all of the rumors propagated by a single author. Now you have the ability to see how accurate any author is in the database, independent of domain. So, if one author starts on site X and then moves to site Y, you can track them on an individual basis rather than their domain.
We have also improved searching, while not perfect (more updates to come) we have improved how it functions based on your feedback. Previously, you had to search Techcrunch.com to land on the domain page, now, if you search Tech Crunch, you will find the domain page…a simple, but important change. Currently, searching for authors is not active, we have a small hurdle to overcome so you must manually find the link on the domain pages to see the view; this will be fixed soon.
Now that the domain templates are completed, we can begin working towards one of our next goals, the leaderboards. While we don’t have anything else to share on this at the moment, it is in the pipeline.
Over the past week, we have had two important events for Sorsed, one is that our video interview with Robert Scoble went live and that WPcentral is going to use our data for news posts. We could not be more excited to see our data being used to help make posts more robust, you can see how it works with this post on WPCentral. Our hope is that more sites will join WPCentral’s lead and use our data in their posts to help paint a more complete picture.
We could not be more happy with the reception of Sorsed, while the work is far from over and the data base is growing (550 data points!); the fun is only getting started.
Sorsed V1.1 is live.
When we started building Sorsed, we had a modest goal of building a simple platform to track rumors across the web. While our ambitious have grown significantly, they have been fueled by your enthusiastic response to our site.
When we launched, we did so quietly, or so we thought. Our little corner of the web got more attention than we had ever expected including a re-tweet from Kara Swisher (800k followers), a delicious write-up by The Next Web and another posting by Nibletz.
Our humble beginnings are a testament to the need for such a tool and without sounding overly zealous; I think we nailed the implementation.
We have a couple of features in the pipeline, ok, a lot of features in the pipeline, but one that I think most will find compelling is the leader board. We are in the early stages of building out what we hope will be the most coveted leader board on the Internet, our own Honesty Tracker board (name of the leader board still up in the air) that will highlight who is the top name, by accuracy, on the Internet; we will also have leader boards for sub categories like Microsoft, Apple and Google.
I would say that fun is only getting started, but we have been having fun the entire time and thanks to all of your kind words, we have no intentions of stopping.
Welcome to Sorsed and it feels damn good to be able to say that. The site, that started with a conversation about holding bloggers and journalists responsible for the rumors they initiate, has been in creation for 6 months.
What you see on the front page is only the start, with nearly 300 rumors in our database, the foundation has been set. Over time, the database will grow, baselines will be established and Sorsed will become the definitive source for researching the credibility of rumors that are propagating the web.
There is one person who has been crucial to our launch and is our sole developer; Braeden, He has been instrumental in bringing this site from concept to what we see today. He put up with my complaining, tweaking, late night emails, Twitter DMs and much much more. Without him, this site would still be a rough sketch on a sheet of paper.
We have a lot planned for the site, including a custom report writer, API, and much much more.
To the start of our database and an end to Internet FUD, welcome everyone.