Oh, Don't Forget... launches!

Just wanted to send a quick thank you to the contributers on this forum.
Today, with the help of many around here, I launched ohdontforget.com!

Ohdontforget.com allows US visitors to schedule sms text messages for a
specific date and time, for free.

Although I have officially, launched, there is still room for
improvement. I used this project as a learning opportunity for Ruby on
Rails and had a lot of fun along the way. I would really enjoy hearing
your suggestions on improving the app!

Thanks again,
-stirman
www.stirman.net
www.ohdontforget.com

On 6/19/06, Jason S. [email protected] wrote:

Just wanted to send a quick thank you to the contributers on this forum.
Today, with the help of many around here, I launched ohdontforget.com!

Ohdontforget.com allows US visitors to schedule sms text messages for a
specific date and time, for free.

Although I have officially, launched, there is still room for
improvement. I used this project as a learning opportunity for Ruby on
Rails and had a lot of fun along the way. I would really enjoy hearing
your suggestions on improving the app!

The page looks good. I like the layout. The domain name is pretty cool
too.

Isn’t the potential for abuse off the charts though?

– James

On 6/19/06, Jason S. [email protected] wrote:

Although I have officially, launched, there is still room for
improvement. I used this project as a learning opportunity for Ruby on
Rails and had a lot of fun along the way. I would really enjoy hearing
your suggestions on improving the app!

Site looks great, and works great, too. A couple of suggestions:

  • When you send a message the page just reloads, with no indication of
    whether it sent or not. A ‘flash[:notice] = “Message sent!”’ might be
    nice.

  • This looks very ripe for abuse. I was able to send myself 3 messages
    in the space of about 10 seconds. What keeps someone from using this
    to spam/harrass someone else? You might consider some kind of
    throttle, or maybe a login system that requires you to verify a number
    is yours before you can send reminders to it.

Looking good, though. I wish my own app was this far along!

Good luck,

Billy M.
Smart Goat Web Design
http://www.smartgoat.com

Thanks for the kind comments…

Isn’t the potential for abuse off the charts though?

Yes, but there are tons of pages/widgets that do the same thing. And
for someone to abuse it, they need to know the specific cell phone
number(s) they want to abuse. So, I plan on watching the traffic for a
few days and seeing what comes of it.

I will probably implement a user login, to check/delete queued messages,
but in the “getting real” mindset, I wanted to get something out there
quickly, that worked, and then consider the requests of the users.

Thanks,
stirman

It looks pretty cool and useful.

How do you send the messages out? Using an SMS gateway, or using email
or something else?

For some reason I didn’t receive the two test messages I tried to send
using now as the time.

Bye,

Guy.

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