Yahoo! Buzz

I’m a little behind in posting this, since it’s been live and in the media for a while now. Go check it out:

It took a lot of work to pull this thing together. Monday night was the craziest month of my web development career, culminating in this tweet posted as I finished pushing the last packages out into production. I managed to ignore the page that came in 5 hours later. I wonder if it was some kind of subconscious self-preservation that made me leave my phone on vibrate when I finally went to bed. Sorry bout that, Trang.

And despite the rather disappointing leak, it seems to have been pretty well received.

We worked really hard on this project, and while it’s definitely still a “beta”, the feature set is enough to be interesting, in my opinion. All in all, this has been a highly rewarding product to be a part of, and I’m extremely proud to have been a part of the team that built it.

I’m in the process of moving onto a different team, and I have mixed feelings about the transition. On the one hand, the team I’m joining is doing some truly ambitious and interesting things, and it’s more in the direction that I want to go. I’ve been starting to get tired of building one web site after another, and this will be an opportunity to do something much more in the “web application” direction. On the other hand, the Orion team is one of the best groups of developers I’ve ever worked with, and it’s sad to leave them.

But that’s the joy of working at a company like Yahoo—if you get bored of doing one thing, then there’s always something else, and no matter which team you’re on, there are lots of top-notch developers among your coworkers.