Our Stanford course on Facebook apps reached a milestone today: the KissMe app, created by students Chris Mocko, Eduardo Abeliuk, and Joel Darnauer, broke into Facebook’s top 100 apps, ranked 95th by Appsaholic. The team launched KissMe about two weeks ago.
As of today, Appsaholic ranks the student trio as the 8th best Facebook developer for growth. (I think they will get an A on this part of our course.)
These numbers will probably seem quaint a few weeks from now when the KissMe app is even more popular.
The KissMe’s team’s success is both good and bad for a course like ours. On one hand, it’s good because the other 70+ students can see the possibilities. On the other hand, the break-out success of KissMe is bad because it’s tempting to focus on this one big success and not continue to address needs of the entire class.
We’re not venture capitalists looking for one BIG win. That’s not our model.
We’re teachers and coaches. And in this context, we’re working with 70+ students, trying to help each team succeed.
Yes, we’re thrilled with KissMe’s success. But we need to help all the students. So yesterday we leveraged the success of KissMe by having their team talk about what course principles had helped their app go big. (They played along nicely.)
Here’s how I see it . . .
The success of our course and our teaching approach will be measured not by the best app in class. Instead, I’m looking at the bottom of our class rankings . . . what’s the worst app from a student team who is listening, working hard, and really trying to succeed?
In other words, when our course ends in December, the worst Facebook app in our Stanford class — not the best app — will show our success or failure in teaching students to create engaging web applications.
That’s pretty challenging. But it’s fun too . . . so stay tuned.