This post was originally published on Brandwatch's main blog on 8th August 2014.
We love our work here. Playing with great tech to build brilliant products – what’s not to like?
But every two weeks, things get even more special: we have a Funky Friday. (In England, funky means kind of cool. Really)
So what happens on these Creative Fridays is pretty simple: all Engineering staff get to work on whatever project they want. Get an idea, try it, and hopefully learn something new in the process. At the end of the day, people get together and show what they’ve built.
Jon demoing a new visualization
We like to work on a whole range of projects.
Some are rather fanciful: we recently built a foosball goal counter, a Kudos (thank-you) league table and a cocktail-themed party meter.
At the other end of the scale, someone can hit on an interesting idea which ends up becoming a major product feature.
Sometime last year, a developer built a simple but smart program which looks at the first names of Twitter profiles and guesses the person’s gender. We quickly picked on the idea, got a dev team to work on it further and 6 months later, launched Demographics Insights which received some very good feedback.
There are some new awesome features for analysing your #Twitter Demographics in the #Brandwatch app now. http://t.co/1l6bRV7iWF— Joakim Nilsson (@JoakimNilsson) February 13, 2014
@Brandwatch love the new demographics insights! http://t.co/jCTGZbx3yD— sofie pompa (@sofieleon) February 13, 2014
"Cool guys doing cool things" @Brandwatch announces Demographics and Insights - http://t.co/izGPETDU5c— Steve Hult (@SteveHult) February 14, 2014
Using @Brandwatch demographics in a report for the first time and it is looking pretty darn professional.— Digby (@Dogby52) February 19, 2014
Pretty cool demographics insights from Gnip customer @brandwatch! http://t.co/I7BLc4SMIh— Greg Schwarzer (@themoose) February 14, 2014
Powerful stuff from @Brandwatch as they launch demographics insight tool http://t.co/4Gqgt6e2Ci #social— Laura Ward (@LauzWard) February 13, 2014
Whoop whoop, well done @brandwatch! New #Brandwatch feature: Demographics Insights: http://t.co/FjVXwcxJv9 pic.twitter.com/A3P2kdMniA— Ben Donkor (@FR314) February 13, 2014
Other projects worth mentioning include:
- side-by-side display of dashboard components
- adoption of New Relic for application monitoring
- syntax highlighting in our query builder
- an amazing new Globe scene in Vizia, which will go live soon
All in all, these Fridays are great for innovation, for trying out things which may not work and to explore technologies which keep us ahead of the curve. Cool stuff indeed!