HALF A MILLION USERS!
Yes, you read that right: Today, SpaceHey crossed 500 000 registered users! Five hundred thousand! 🤯
This is incredible!! I can't really believe this yet!
I started SpaceHey about one and a half years ago at the end of 2020 as a fun, nostalgic project - and I would've never thought that it would bring joy to so many people one day!
I am incredibly grateful for all of your support, your messages, and your kindness.
500 000 Users - This is unreal!
I want to take this special day as an opportunity to talk with you about some important things:
Let's talk about monetization. As with everything, running SpaceHey isn't free for me (How do you make money with a free social network without tracking and selling user data?). And especially with more and more users joining, it isn't getting cheaper. Currently, most of the money needed to pay for the servers is coming out of my own pocket, with some money coming from the sticker sales and something new:As you may have noticed, there's currently a small Ad on the SpaceHey homepage. This helps a lot with covering the costs this month, but it isn't forever. I'm trying hard to find companies like the current one, which are willing to pay for a small Ad on SpaceHey (without tracking), but it's incredibly hard. If you know any potential ethical advertisers or have other ideas, please let me know! I'm thankful for any ideas or contacts!
My number one priority is - and always has been - to provide a safe, inclusive, and friendly space for everyone online. There is no place for racism, hatred or discrimination on SpaceHey.
I am working on improving some things regarding this topic: I'm working on a better "Report" system and better Admin tools for me (and potential volunteer helpers in the future).
Thank you everyone who is actively reporting misbehaving users and content - this helps a lot!
As you may have noticed, I'm currently working on improving the SpaceHey server infrastructure behind the scenes. I'm trying to make everything faster and more stable, so the servers can handle growth spikes better in the future. If you want to help me pay for all the servers, I'd be incredibly happy if you'd buy some SpaceHey Stickers for a few bucks. Thank you!
There are a lot of small and big improvements and new features on my To-Do List, and I can't wait to share them with you! However, I am still the only one working on SpaceHey (it's truly a one-(m)an show), and there is so much I need to do. For example, there are thousands of IMs and emails I haven't replied to yet (sorry!!) and my days just don't have enough hours for everything.
That said, I am working on new features and improvements for SpaceHey, but it may take some time until they're ready. I hope you understand.
I want to end this blog entry by just saying THANK YOU again. Seriously, you can't imagine how happy and excited I am that 500 thousand people are on SpaceHey. This is amazing!!
I hope all of you have a great day!
Thank you for being on SpaceHey. You're awesome!