A while ago I was told Caravat.com, still at its Pre-Alpha stage, would be launched at 2008′s end. Surprisingly before long it was released out of nowhere with some PR articles on local and international newspapers. No matter how I might like the design, there were just too many technical problems: things didn’t work: qualified users couldn’t sign up, email server errors turned into spams, logical issues, etc. It was a bumpy start for the second social network site for elite professionals.
Saigonica, a microblogging platform that copied the whole Laconica source code and made a few changes, including translation, did a really poor job when launched (or being caught launched): poor UI, bad translation, violation of the AGPL license (fixed). Destined to fail.
Nhắn Gửi made its way to the public via a PR article on VnExpress, Vietnam’s largest online newspaper. To my astonishment, they were not ready for the launch: huge issue with Vietnamese character updates, toolbox disorder on front page. Poor implementation of Revou, a PHP microblogging clone results in inconvenience. Their team was struggling resolve the problems and it seems they need some technical support.
Haste makes waste. My understanding regarding Caravat.com is that they were impatient because money’d been running out and they needed to gain as much customers and as soon as possible. It was a tough choice between quality and survival.
But the launch of Nhắn Gửi was indeed a hasty move. They should have waited until everything would be ready.