myScoop – from concept to current and beyond

Every now and again I get this sudden urge to develop something that’s beyond my reach. Enter myScoop, my latest “lets-see-if-I-can-do-it” project. myScoop is essentially a combination of most of my PHP skills that I have learnt in the passed few months and when I started with the site it was originally supposed to be a social bookmarking tool, similar to that of Muti. I’m not 100% sure of when the focus shifted to blog aggregation. Either way, I’m pretty happy of the result.

myScoop Logo

Every now and again I get this sudden urge to develop something that’s beyond my reach. Enter myScoop, my latest “lets-see-if-I-can-do-it” project. myScoop is essentially a combination of most of my PHP skills that I have learnt in the passed few months and when I started with the site it was originally supposed to be a social bookmarking tool, similar to that of Muti. I’m not 100% sure of when the focus shifted to blog aggregation. Either way, I’m pretty happy of the result.

The first stage was nothing too advanced. I wanted users to be able to submit their favourite bookmarks and let my site crawl that page, retrieve the title tag and then retrieve the first paragraph of the blog/page. The user would then simply just select a category and throw in a couple of tags and press submit. The concept was easy enough and worked perfectly. myScoop would automatically assign you a shortened URL and go on to post that URL, Title, shortened description and the first tag to Twitter. Soon after that I got another bee in my bonnet and decided each submission needed its own stats page whereby a user can view how many hits it had received in the passed 30 minutes or hits per hour for the current day.

About a week later I launched the blog aggregation side of the site with the ability to add your own blog and follow other blogs. Again, the concept is simple enough; you would submit your blog address and the blog RSS feed location, and the site would crawl your RSS feed and fetch your article information. During this stage the site underwent a bit of a face lift with the help of Bonita who created the amazing myScoop logo and some great ideas from Bryan.

There are currently 2 articles discussing myScoop in fair detail:

There will be many more changes and upgrades to myScoop in the coming months. The only way myScoop is going to succeed is if it has functionality that is easy to use and understand. The only way I can get this accomplished is with the help of YOU. So im asking everyone that uses myScoop for all your ideas, comments and suggestions. Thanks for the support!

Who are you, really?

With everyone blogging these days it’s hard to find time to be original and come up with fresh content. I have created this blog in the hopes of not only documenting my personal projects, but to also share with others who are just as ambitious and passionate as I am when it comes to the extremities and complexities of the internet driven world we live in. So without rambling on too much let me introduce myself.

With everyone blogging these days it’s hard to find time to be original and come up with fresh content. I have created this blog in the hopes of not only documenting my personal projects, but to also share with others who are just as ambitious and passionate as I am when it comes to the extremities and complexities of the internet driven world we live in. So without rambling on too much let me introduce myself.

My name is Nick Duncan, age 25 and I (cl)aim to be a web entrepreneur by night, and a search engine optimisation consultant come advanced php web developer by day. Now that doesn’t sound like I have too much behind my name other than just a bunch of fancy words but I tend to think otherwise! I have 2 step-kids and a baby boy (Logan) that’s about to be born and take over the world. All originating from a woman that is super-hot and as loving and caring as an angel. Lucky, aren’t I?

I started web design from an early age of around 13, just a while after the PC game Interstate 76 was launched in S.A. I remember altering the game to make my car invincible with an extra gun and still make it fly, all of which was non-standard, of course! Soon after that I was into mIRC and quickly learnt I could make my own scripts within the program itself – BANG – All-Out-War was born, a text-based gangster game that seemed to have taken off like wildfire. The game reached the point whereby it hosted 100 players at any given time (after 4 months of solid development). By the time I reached 18 there was no time for fun and games any more, I had to go to work like everyone else. I landed up joining a foundry and started right at the bottom. I moved my way up through the company and in less than 3 years I received 4 promotions. I then bounced around different areas of the steel game until I realized how unhappy I was. I decided enough is enough and followed my heart, joining JD Internet Consulting who gave me the chance I needed. That was a mere 3 months ago and I have achieved so much in such a short space of time. It’s amazing how your potential can be unlocked by doing what you’re passionate about.

I wish you a warm welcome to my world and hope you enjoy the ride… Remember to keep both arms and legs inside at all times, and never, ever look down!