As some of you may know, I originally started Clikyz.Com several years ago as a social network whilst I was in high school. It wasn’t aiming to compete with MySpace or Facebook, but we wanted to offer an alternative: A convergence point of a collection of APIs supplied by the various social networks.
Clikyz.Com: Convergence With A Click
There were simply too many social networks to choose from and there wasn’t an easy way to enjoy the content on all of these brilliant websites in one place which is when we decided to bring everything together in one meta social network where adding somebody on one social network added them on all of the accounts they had added to Clikyz.Com, whilst this was a killer feature, the killer feature was being able to enjoy all of the content you created on all these networks in one place.
Clikyz.Com never had any advertising on the site because we believed that advertising alienated our audience and would render it unable to compete with some of the premium desktop applications that were being developed at the time. Within the first month, we had over 20,000 users and this was simply thanks to word of mouth through people inviting their family and friends. Days after that, we hit 50,000 users.
As time went on and we found ourselves with more and more users, the site began to get very heavy on resource use and this is when we needed to find a way to fund the network as well as give ourselves some form of salary. We looked towards supplying products that we had designed ourselves as well as music downloads, this worked extremely well for several months.
Somewhere along the line, due to the resources necessary to run the network and the interest in what we were doing to fund Clikyz.Com, we made the jump from social network to online store only. This was a decision that I made with Anna Lowe due to the ever changing API systems which made it somewhat difficult to remain on top of the latest changes with a team of only four individuals, only two of which (One of them being myself) tweaked code on the site.
We originally sold 52 different products worldwide, all exclusive to Clikyz.Com and of our own design: Everything from t-shirts to pendants to comic books. These were extremely popular; We shipped these products to a total of 18 different countries, something that we are still very proud of.
That was several years ago and somewhere along the line, that circle of friends drifted apart due to personal reasons. For a long while I had to put Clikyz.Com to the side and pretend that it simply didn’t exist in order to not let my emotions overwhelm me. Everything that Clikyz.Com was in both software and product had a little piece of us all within it. I even considered relaunching Clikyz.Com as a social network at one point, but realised that the software was now extremely vulnerable to security exploits and I would have to begin coding from scratch.
The Present Clikyz.Com
Dusting off boxes of hard drives and binders, I decided it was time to return to Clikyz.Com. There is a song lyric I would like to quote which was written by my personal assistant (@iwrestledahammy):
“And if we should get lost on our path,
We’ll take a walk along a winding road”
It has been a long and winding road back to normality, but I’m now feeling strong enough to take up that name of ‘Clikyz.Com’ once again and bring you something new and different.
I view this as a complete rebirth of Clikyz.Com; New products and new faces, complete with a new outlook on life. Clikyz.Com lives on in name alone, we are not returning to developing social convergence software, but we are taking a new approach to the clothing range.
Having different people to work with has been a huge benefit to me and I would like to extend a warm thank you to both @fanboycraig and @iwrestledahammy for being there for me over the past year and contributing to my various projects. They will continue to contribute and will become familiar faces across the various projects that I am sure you are growing familiar with.
Over the last month, I’ve been hard at work finishing my music and working on some extremely exciting projects and it is with my great pleasure that I bring you the new Clikyz.Com as well as our first new product which is available to purchase immediately.
We no longer intend to bring data together in one place, but to do something more meaningful: Bringing together human beings in any manner by any method. Clikyz.Com is the convergence of human beings and their ideas.
In A Heart Shaped Box, Clikyz.Com
As always, our products are manufactured within the United Kingdom and packed with care. And to answer the question before somebody asks: Yes, we still ship worldwide!
Please remember to share Clikyz.Com with your friends because your clicks are what makes sure that this is as successful as it can possibly be. I’ll be seeing you all on the road soon after I’ve released my music and will be bringing even more Clikyz.Com products to you.
So why are you still here? Go and get your Clikyz.Com 100% unisex t-shirt now!
Phonograph cylinders and trouble,
Hammy Havoc & The Clikyz.Com Team
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