Ok, something totally unexpected happened. Last saturday I was watching something on TV with my tablet on my lap, and someone I know asked a question about it on Twitter. I fired off a quick reply because I happened to know the answer:
@tombogman De huishoudster van de Sint, echtgenote van professor Van Den Uytleg,,,-- Maarten Schenk (@mschenk) November 17, 2012
And then inspiration struck me: there must be thousands of questions on Twitter that never get a reply.
What if I could help get them answered?
So sunday night I built YouAsked.it, a little website that shows you a random question pulled form the Twitter API and gives you 30 seconds to reply.
On monday morning I posted it to /r/webdev on Reddit, where it got to #1 with 102 upvotes (so far).
Tuesday morning I emailed a few blogs just for the hell of it, thinking they'd never pick up news about a little weekend project. And then this happened:
After that the site has been popping up on sites around the globe, (and the number of tweets about it now tops 11.000):
- Feber (Sweden)
- 36kr (China)
- ReteCool (Netherlands)
- TwitterMania (Netherlands)
- De Tijd (Belgium)
- De Standaard (Belgium)
- Flanders DC (Belgium)
- Create or Die (Germany)
- Entwickler (Germany)
- GenBeta (Spain)
- ZoomIT (Iran)
- ITPeach (Iran)
- Hi-tech Vesti (Russia)
- Free Nuts
- The Verge
So, let's see where this goes next. I already launched four versions in other languages: Dutch (uvraag.be), French (repon.se), German (dufragst.es) and Spanish (pregunta.do). If you have an idea or request for another language let me know. Other suggestions welcome too...