So the other day I had an hour to waste, I decided to learn how to use MooTools classes and, as the best way to learn some­thing is to play with it, I played with it.

About 30 min­utes after, I had some­thing  run­ning. Dirty and buggy but still, look­ing cool. It took me an extra 30 min­utes to clean that up, make sure it was work­ing on most browsers, add the Google Ana­lyt­ics tracker, push it online and add it to the projects page…

You prob­a­bly guessed it already, I’m talk­ing about the Scroll Clock. Well this hour might be the least wasted one of my life. Think I’m rad­i­cal? Read on!


After tweet­ing about it twice (once to some­one who’s inter­ested in netart, and once to the MooTools team) things went big. I don’t know exactly how this hap­pened but it (the Scroll Clock page) got love from Giz­modo, swiss­miss, QBN, Ajax­ian, Neatorama and many more. Wow.

A few days after the tsunami, here’s what my Ana­lyt­ics page looks like. My daily aver­age of 600 page views has seri­ously been put to shame, with a cli­max on the 19th of Novem­ber: 313,000+.


Side effects

This is prob­a­bly the fun­ni­est part, not only did I worry for the server the site is hosted on, but a few things happened…

I got 3 job offers ; many friend requests on Face­book, Flickr, Vimeo and so on ; received a dona­tion ; was con­tacted by a Google guy to add the project to chromeexperiments.com, which I did ; and of course had to bother my friends and col­leagues about my new web-fame…


The short one: don’t spit on Twit­ter, it might make you a star. Just jok­ing, keep spit­ting on it.

The long one: the sim­plest and short­est project of mine is the one which received the most vis­i­tors and love, ironic right? What does that mean? Should I stop work­ing on full-fledged AIR apps?

Prove me wrong!