If you’re reading this, I can be almost certain that it has something to do with Hannah Smith‘s presentation at LinkLove 2013

How do I know that?


That’s how

Rather than showing off my basic analysis and mediocre reasoning skills, the rest of this post is a disclaimer and plea for feedback.

Until a month ago, Image Raider was just an idea. Until 3 weeks ago, it was a flimsy set of scripts. And until yesterday, only about 4 people in the whole world knew about it. It’s been built as an MVP, meaning that I’ve almost exclusively been concerned with the quality and speed of data collection – not “petty” issues like styling, UX, and sometimes “presenting data in a usable form”. As an SEO, I found it difficult to ignore my instinct to do even the most basic of on-page optimisation, as I write this, Image raider doesn’t even rank for its brand. You might notice that the entire site is based on WordPress, and uses a pretty generic template. That’s all been in the name of “build something usable as fast as possible and see if people like it” – a no-frills approach to digital product development.

Expect some bugs and incomplete features. Expect ugliness and misaligned elements. Expect my host to pull the plug when they realise the amount of resources the crawler and database are burning.

For the tool to move from a “look at this cool concept” MVP to a “check out this cool tool” product, I’m going to need some feedback – bugs, feature requests, or case studies of how you’re using the data would be very helpful. 

Thanks for taking the time to try out my little tool, and to Paddy Moogan & Hannah Smith for helping me to get a bit of publicity.

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  1. mygster
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    It’s a great soon to be very good tool, I’ve started to use it, and you’ll get all the feedback I have..


  2. skenwright
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Hi Alec, we’ve just started testing Imageraider here at Branded3 – I’d like to review it on Blogstorm in a month’s time; I might contact you for some comments if that’s okay?

    • Posted March 29, 2013 at 11:13 am | Permalink

      Hi Stephen,
      I did notice a few of your team on the user list – I’ve been amazed at some of the big names who have started using it. No problem on the blog post – let me know if you need anything.