A real-time messaging app with 6 million downloads and 50 billion messages exchanged
The basic idea behind the app was to shake up the idea of social networking—messages flinged on it weren’t sent to your friends, but to complete strangers around the globe. It took about a blink of an eye for the app to scale from a concept to a platform handling more than 100 signups per minute and 6 000 000 messages each day.
Hacking real-time communication
Back then, the users loved the app so much they kept flinging messages, and they expected them to fly over the globe and get responses in a split second. To achieve that, we worked directly with ProcessOne—the team that created ejabberd—and then we went ahead to create custom XMPP extensions, as nothing on the market catered to the speed and volume we were handling.
Software development manager at Amazon, technology
business analyst at JPMorgan Chase and former CTO of Fling
In the meantime, Fling ran out of funding and the app is no longer available for download. The hot skills we got in real-time communication technologies from supporting this project as app developers for two and a half years?
That remains rock solid.
It’s hard to think about that experience without a beaming smile, and the feeling is obviously mutual.