We live in a world where upvoting services are held back by bloatware. What if we had Facebook likes, without the Facebook? This is what our prototype updoot.com does. It gives us a glimpse into the future of simplified upvoting without extra unneeded features.
What it does
Search for anything you want, and upvote (updoot) it as many times as you want by clicking on the number. Updoot counts are global and update in real time across all users. Be wise with your updoots though, as you are throttled to 1000 an hour.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Connecting our domain name to our EC2 instance was confusing because we had never done that before. Getting the animations right took some time.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Live updating of updoot scores across all users.
What we learned
How to use websockets more efficiently. How to connect a domain name to an IP address.
What's next for updoot.com
Next we take down Facebook, and become the ubiquitous platform for upvoting anything you want.