Part 1 of the series can be found here
Around November of 2007, we took a small break to visit Mumbai. We decided to club this with a Muziboo Mumbai Users Meet and finally we met three of our users, Nagesh, Ashwyn and Sooraj there .. it was certainly fun as Nagesh has been a very encouraging user right from the day he stumbled upon Muziboo. Nagesh runs a very popular music community himself called RadioIdli. Mumbai meet was great fun even though we could not meet a lot of people due to the diwali time. Below is a picture from the meet
After coming back from Mumbai, we attended the Barcamp Bangalore, 5th Edition. Barcamp was the first time we talked to so many people about Muziboo and we even conduted a session on online community building in India. There was a lot of discussion on blogging in barcamp and several bloggers mentioned us after that. We saw a lot of the barcampers signing up and even uploading .. most notably Sandil, Joseph, Prasanth. Below is one of the great songs from Joseph from the movie Om Shanti Om. We met Shourya in barcamp (an early Muziboo user). In fact Shourya was kind to shoot a video of me talking about Muziboo and host it on his blog
Barcamp gave us lots of good insights and we made some changes to our song page based on the recommendations people gave us. To our suprise and ofcourse delight, our activity went up a lot of the barcamp .. especially in terms of comments. It was around the same time that we increased the upload cap from 2 songs a day to 10 songs a day and that caused the music on Muziboo to double in just two months. Even before we attended the barcamp, we had been thinking of doing a redesign .. but after barcamp we knew that this has got to be our priority number 1. We started working on our redesign but not just on a cosmetic redesign even though that will be the most visible change once the new design is rolled out. We also started thinking about how we can make the service more “musical” and ofcourse more useful for our users. One of the key points we have identified was that we need to let users take and use their music in whatever form they want once they have uploaded the track here. It could be letting people download (if they want) .. embedding the music on their blog or one of the several other things they can do with their music. Last few months we have been working at the new interface and several of these and more exciting features .. such as the ones suggested by our users here. This year will see a lot of new things coming to Muziboo and we are sure Muziboo will become an exciting place for all the budding musicians.
This has pretty much been the journey so far .. I am sure there are exciting times ahead for us and for Muzbians (Vasudha used this term for the first time I think) …. so keep uploading and keep exploring great music