Datafeedr is 5!

bday5Happy Birthday Datafeedr!

Five years ago today we launched datafeedr.com. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years already. I remember the night we launched. We replaced the “Coming soon…” message with our bare bones sales page. We sent out a few emails to our mailing lists. But a watched pot never boils, so I went out that night with my wife and friends. To my surprise, we had our first few members sign up before I even returned home. Some of those members are still with us to this day!

We should say thank you to all of our members for pushing us to make a better product. We listen to all of your feedback. Although we might not implement every feature request right away, we try to get at the essence of the feature request and deliver something that solves more than just 1 issue.

Since we launched, we’ve developed 3 significant versions of the Factory and plugin. We went from supporting 6 affiliate networks to 31. We started with about 450 merchants… now we support over 10,000. And if memory serves correctly, I believe we launched with less than 3 million products in our database. Now we have over 250 million products (not including Amazon’s products).

But in technology, as with most things in life, living in the past is not going to drive us forward. While it’s interesting to look at how far we’ve come, I rarely think of those things. I am constantly consumed with where we are going.

So where are we going?

We started development of Datafeedr right around the time Apple released the first iPhone. Since then there’s been a huge push in the mobile space as well as the tablet space. Browsing the web means something entirely different than it did 5 years ago. Better browser support for HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript has turned websites into rich applications.

We need to catch up and keep up with all of these new technologies.

That’s why this month we plan on releasing our new API. We hope with the release of the API we (and you) can start to take advantage of all of the new technology and platforms that are powering the web and mobile applications. I don’t want to say too much about its potential right now but I can tell you we’re really excited about it! We’ll have much more to share about the API as we get closer to launching it.

If you are interested in developing applications using the new API, please let us know in a comment below.

Here’s to another 5 years!

Thanks,
Eric

Leave a Reply 12 comments

Miranda - 6 years ago Reply

Congratulations!!

Johnny - 6 years ago Reply

Will the WordPress plugin and its shortcode be updated to take advantage of these new capabilities?

Cheers,

Johnny

    Eric - 6 years ago Reply

    Initially the API will be independent of the plugin.

Chris - 5 years ago Reply

I’m interested in using the API, will you have a beta period?

    Eric - 5 years ago Reply

    Yes! If you’d like to receive an email when we are ready to release a beta version for testing, send a blank email to dfrapi[AT]aweber[dot]com and then confirm your subscription.

Mark - 5 years ago Reply

Hi Eric,
Is the API version released? I’m sorry if I’ve missed it but I can’t find it on your website.
Mark

    Eric - 5 years ago Reply

    It’s being tested by our beta testers.

Mark - 5 years ago Reply

Is there a pre-release sign-up so we can be notified upon release?
What’s your eta for launch?
Mark

    Eric - 5 years ago Reply

    Hi Mark

    I’ve sent you BETA access to the API.

    Eric

Mark - 5 years ago Reply

Great, just received. Will take a look asap! Are you able to share (in private) any API example sites?

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