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Yet in May 2018, our social network for ideas crashed and became publicly inaccessible. Over 15,000 ideas had been created, with over 100,000 interactions around these ideas. We have backed up everything and will build a new interface to make these ideas and interactions accessible once again.
But first, we are re-launching a new version of our social network for ideas, fully integrated with the publishing platform for ideas that now attracted an audience of 1-2 million monthly readers.
In this salon, Mark Smith and Justin Brown discuss the original vision of Ideapod's social network, what's happening at the present time and how it will be relaunched.
It was a particularly challenging time for us in May 2018 when the social network crashed. We were completing a major upgrade to the site, and unfortunately the previous configuration of the server resulted in a lot of unexpected behaviors. We managed to back everything up and will make all of the ideas and interactions available again soon.
Although this was a big challenge, we saw an opportunity. Our social network helped people to capture and share ideas pretty effectively, but it also needed a lot of improvement. Also, over the last few years around media platform grew to have millions of monthly readers.
We're launching the new social network at the heart of Ideapod, building upon what worked and improving what didn't work.
During this time, Mark Smith has been an incredible community member of Ideapod and also a very good friend. He has patiently stuck around during the challenging times and also helped to shape the vision of Ideapod moving forward. He was the perfect person to have this conversation with. I hope you enjoy it.
— Justin Brown - Ideapod co-founder