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Announcing Viral Landing Page

I have been working on a few projects which require a landing page over the past couple of months, and this has come to the forefront of my thoughts more recently. As a Startup Weekend alumnus, I was pretty excited to see that launchrock was fully launched and gaining quite a bit of traction. One problem, though, is that I would have to sign up for each project and then promote the links. I don’t like to post too many links on my Twitter and/or Facebook accounts, so I decided against this. If you’re not familiar with the concept, here is an excerpt from the description on the Github repo:

When a user submits their e-mail address, it will immediately be recorded to the local database. The user will then be shown “sharing” icons from Facebook and Twitter. Each successful click or referral will be recorded to the database for that user. This makes it easier for you to allow earlier access to people who are driving traffic to your site.

The next route was to implement something similar, which I did over the past couple of days. The result is viral-landing-page (very original name, I know), which can be found in my Github repositories immediately. Viral-landing-page was written in Ruby on Rail because, well, I love the framework. For Javascript, I chose jQuery for similar reasons.

Viral-landing-page far from polished, but it should be good enough to begin using immediately. I chose to license it under the BSD open source license, which is quite permissive. While it isn’t required, I’d like to know who is using this software (and early access to your startup =D). You can comment on this blog post, or contact me via any other methods. I will be actively adding features (maybe an admin viewer) as I use the project more and more for my own needs. Feel free to fork and push back any changes!