Archive for May, 2008|Monthly archive page

Better URLs – part 2

Mixtape path urls are now gorgeously readable! So if you just made a tape titled Best of the 80s Mix, the link will look like this:

  • mixwit.com/username/best-of-the-80s-mix

As mentioned before, we’re updating urls on Mixwit. This was part 2 of the changes. No more ugly 32-character codes! A few extra things to note:

  • Your old urls/links will continue to work! No dead links here, folks.
  • The url will be based on your current title and can’t be changed (for now). If you change the title of a mix, your mix and page will display the new title, but the URL will be the same (to prevent dead links).
  • Foreign characters will change. Accented characters will lose accents, and double-character fonts (i.e. Chinese) simply get eliminated.
  • If there’s no title, we simply assign “mix” as the URL (mixwit.com/user/mix).
  • If there’s more than one of the same name, we add and number count after the title (mixwit.com/user/mix-2).
  • Anonymous users still get the old, ugly urls.
  • We’ll make the urls editable in the near future.
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FAQ (Spring ’08)

We’ve got big changes rolling out over the next few weeks so maintaining a real FAQ page is going to be messy. Instead, we’ve put together this informal FAQ on the blog.

Is Mixwit a music company?

Not really. Mixwit is primarily a media mash-up platform. We just started with mixtapes because it was fun. We’re now working on photo and video based widgets, as well as our core application which should be out by summer.

Why doesn’t Mixwit show a list of most popular mixes? What about ratings and comments?

We’ll soon show how many times a mix has been played and favorited. We’re not going to show a “most popular” list since we can’t guarantee that the source files for popular mixes will always be available. We also don’t want this limitation to cause you to get stuck with negative ratings/comments.

Where does the music come from?

Currently we’re using two music search services, Seeqpod and Skreemr, to allow users to discover mp3 files that are publicly available on the internet. Our Mixmaker application allows people to save a list of bookmarks to those tracks. The files stay in their original location.

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Better URLs – part 1

Over the next couple of weeks, you may notice changes to the URLs used on Mixwit. We’re in the process of simplifying and personalizing how people access their accounts, content, and widgets.

This week we’ve changed the base URL for each user to:

  • mixwit.com/username

The username is the one you selected after you signed up. Since this is kind of a big step, all of your old URL links still work and you’ll probably not notice any real changes at this point.

We had about 3000 usernames that had to be updated because they contained dots in the name (first.last@foo.com), or were duplicates, or were simply blacklisted. For all of these, we’ve sent out an email with a new username. If you don’t like your username, you can change it anytime.

We’ll be making more changes (part2, part3) to the URLs very soon:

  • widgets will no longer have that wretched 32-character ugly code. Instead you’ll have something like: mixwit.com/username/best-of-the-80s-mix
  • the new username-based URL currently points to your “my mixes” gallery, but soon it will actually point to a personalized page.

Thanks for your support. We’re here to answer any questions or fix any problems. Have a great weekend!