Flutter‘s First Flaps
Flutter is a social media tool that tweets out dynamic content on a recurring schedule.
We launched Flutter on the 10th of July and we featured on Product Hunt three days later. So far we are delighted with its progress and are working round the clock to make it better.
A common question we’ve been getting is ‘what can Flutter be used for?’. And the answer is — pretty much any text on the web that can be accessed by a CSS selector. The possibilities are almost endless which can make it difficult to know where to start. In this post, I want to share a few examples of how our early users have taken advantage of Flutter.
Baremetrics and Open Startup Data:
I reached out to Josh Pigford, founder of Baremetrics, on the day of our launch. I was aware of their Open Startup movement and thought that Flutter could help promote all that juicy data!
Thankfully, Josh took me on and gave Flutter a shot:
The Baremetrics Twitter account tweets out MRR stats like this, every day, for various Open Startups.
Being featured on Product Hunt puts your product in front of highly successful and influential people. Luckily for us, one of these people was Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Founder and CEO of The Next Web.
Boris has provided us with some fantastic feedback and used Flutter to tweet inspirational quotes from the footer of The Next Web’s website:
Another favourite of ours is the use of flutter for engaging dynamic data. Jozef Schildermans, a writer and editor, has managed to take advantage of Flutter for this purpose:
Top News Stories:
This is a fairly obvious application but worth mentioning. Tweeting the top story on news sites, blogs, aggregators, etc. A good example of this so far has been The News Block who use Flutter to tweet their top story once per day.
This application of Flutter is about to get a lot more exciting with the introduction of automatic link detection so stay tuned. ;)
Dedicated Twitter Accounts:
Dedicated twitter accounts were part of the reason we built Flutter in the first place. Since then, we’ve set up quite a few. For example, @cryptocupdate, @OilPriceHourly, @tslaprice, and @abdn_weather.
But this post is about examples from our users. Here are some of our favourite dedicated twitter accounts created so far:
The latest Tweets from L Train Status (@ltrainservice). MTA's L Train status every day at 9.20am!twitter.com
The latest Tweets from York Weather Live (@YorkWeatherLive). #York Weather Live: Updated on the hour (if conditions…twitter.com
The latest Tweets from Apple Stock Price (@AppleStockPrice). Follow to get the latest $AAPL price in your feed every…twitter.com
We’ve set up a Powered by Flutter list on Twitter where we’ll continue to add dedicated twitter accounts. If you have setup a dedicated account for Flutter tweets please let us know and we’ll add you to it.
The adoption of Flutter has been amazing and far beyond what we had hoped for. We can’t wait to see what people will use it for in the future. If you have any ideas please get in touch.
P.S. Automatic link detection and shortening will be added to Flutter in the next day or so. When it does, we will also be adding a page of example recurring tweets that can be set up with one click!