Tin Bin is moving on from OOcharts

Tyler Shaddix
Oct 7, 2014 · 3 min read

A farewell from Tyler Shaddix, on behalf of the Tin Bin team

First, the happy part…

When OOcharts first started out, it was just a little tool that I created in a couple weeks as a side project. It began in a college dorm room, and ran on a little GoDaddy VM I was renting for my personal business as a website builder. Here is a screenshot I grabbed from the Wayback Machine of the first version in all of its glory:

OOcharts.org was written in 2 weeks while I attended UC Merced as an undergraduate

Little did I realize that my little side project was going to grow into a full web service in a couple years. To really get a sense of the growth, here are some stats comparing the initial launch to our current numbers:

Users: ~500 v.s. ~7000

Landing Visits (per month): ~300 v.s. ~3000

Active Sessions (per week): ~200 v.s. ~1000

API Transactions (per month): ~52 thousand v.s. over 2 million

I don’t think it can be argued that OOcharts became fairly successful over a short period of time. Maybe not as successful as Facebook or Snapchat, but successful enough to make our little startup team feel some pride every time we see it mentioned in a blog article or tweet.

Now for the sad part…

The time has come. We (Tin Bin) will be moving on from OOcharts November 15, 2014. I’m sure you have a few questions…

What does this mean for me? The OOcharts API will no longer be operational after November 15, 2014. This means the Javascript library on GitHub will no longer be able to connect to OOcharts and provide your site with charts.

Is it the end of the world? Not at all! We wouldn’t have decided to shut down if we were the only option. The Google Analytics team has been hard at work building features onto their already decent API. You should be able to come up with a solution that is both more powerful and less reliant on a outside vendor (like us). Check out superProxy or build your own from the Core Reporting API.

What about my data and account access? We will completely remove all of our data and all of our access to your profiles will no longer be available. The only data we will keep is general statistics and summaries such as the numbers mentioned above. As always: your account information is yours and yours alone.

Why? When I first built OOcharts, I had a goal in mind to keep the service free. I had hoped that donations could keep the service alive as it grew to support thousands of users and handle millions of requests. We are not funded by any VC firm and OOcharts was our first public project. This means that every cent that ever went towards hosting or support came from our own wallets. This is not a very sustainable business model. As it became apparent that we were not going to be able to provide the service purely on donations, we had a tough decision to make: charge money or shut down. OOcharts was a fun project but it is not what we wanted to do full time as our young startup began to grow. If we charged for OOcharts, we would need to dedicate all of our available time and resources to grow and support OOcharts to make it profitable. Even then, there was no guarantee of success (there never is), and we have already moved on to bigger and more exciting projects.

So really, there is only one thing left to do which is to reflect and say thank you. Your support and interest has made this entire adventure worthwhile. We can’t wait to see what’s next for us, and we hope to see your ventures grow as well.

While this is goodbye for OOcharts, it is certainly not a goodbye for Tin Bin.

Tyler Shaddix, Jorge Marquez, Jared Calinisan

Creators of OOcharts, Tin Bin Team

    Tyler Shaddix

    Written by

    Chief Product Officer at @goguardian.