Twitter is something which I have been a huge fan of since I first joined back in 2008 or 2009, I can’t really remember what year, and it has done a lot for me regarding work. I don’t just mean it has pointed people in the direction of my blog, which it has done, and people have clicked ads on my blog and I have earned a big of cash from it.
But it has done something even more awesome than that. It has introduced me to some amazing people. I have met people who advised me on my first ever ‘proper’ business venture – apparently selling chewing gum in the school playground for three times the price doesn’t count as a ‘proper business’ – Dharma Software.
Twitter is where I first heard of that young fella, James Whelton, and where I first heard of Coderdojo. I know for a fact if it wasn’t for CoderDojo I wouldn’t be where I am today and because of both CoderDojo and twitter combined my life has spiralled in a lot of crazy directions in the past three years.
Twitter is where I met Donal Cahalane and he met myself and Dale O’ Shea to talk about Dharma when we didn’t have a fucking clue about what was going on around us – in fairness, we still don’t.
As a result six months later I would be sitting down drinking coffee with a guy called Chris Kennedy talking about a company that nobody had heard about and planning on joining them seven months later as an intern for the summer. I met him due to a tweet from Pat Phelan. Most of you will now know that company as Trustev. Two months before the company came to public light and announced it even existed I was joining them in seven months as an intern. A guy who hadn’t even done his leaving cert yet, a guy who chanced his arm with a tweet asking for a job. A guy who a few months later was working for TechCrunche’s top startup in Europe.
I have been a part of two social media days in Cork, I have met the prime minister of Ireland and I got into The Summit free of charge thanks to Twitter. I have created an online presence which has earned me over five figures in the past year. I have now joined a new company as a co-director and I am also working with one of Ireland’s leading magazines on their web presence.
All this has escalated because James Whelton tweeted about this thing called CoderDojo nearly three years ago now and for that I am ever grateful to both him and the creators of Twitter. I have not worked a day in my life in the past three years where the job has not been due to Twitter and the people I have met on it. Twitter has got me coffee meetings with some of Ireland’s greatest minds and business people. Twitter has basically changed my life in many ways. And all I ever really do is tweet about my stupid ideas.
I am not really sure where I was going with this blog post, but if there is one thing you can take away from it, it is this; twitter is more than a social network. Twitter is a place that can get you jobs, twitter is a place where you can find out about things that can change your life. Twitter is where people meet their loved ones, and Twitter can change peoples lives for both the good and bad. You are the one with the power to make it good or bad. Make it good.
I’ve been a bit confused lately when it comes to college and life in general. My whole idea of college was to go there, get a degree and get a job I actually enjoy. However over the past few months I have been offered a number of jobs which I would have loved to take, but I simply couldn’t because of college and the hours it required.
I am starting to think I am being a bit stupid by being in college because the jobs I want once I leave are the ones which I am currently turning down. Most of these jobs are not on the table anymore and I am gutted I won’t be able to be apart of some amazing businesses.
A number of months ago I wrote about my ideas of going to college and a lot of them are starting to come back. Maybe they never left and they are just starting to surface again, maybe I am just not meant to be in college or maybe I am just being young and stupid – I do not know.
What I don know however is I am considering dropping out and going at life the way I want to and not the way others want me to. I want to get out there and start doing something instead of sitting in a lecture listening to some asshole be paid thousands of euro to read a powerpoint presentation. I don’t know what is to come, and I’ve been talking to a lot of people about what I should do and I am receiving some amazing advice. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you all posted.
What are your thoughts, should I drop out? Or should I stick with this whole college thing for another few years?
Over a year ago I released an app called Examie. The app allows junior and leaving cert students quick and easy access to past exam papers and marking schemes right on their IOS device.
I released the app before going to college and a lot has changed in the past year. I’ve been approached a few times by people looking to acquire the application, while the sum was never big enough for me to gain any benefit from it I continued to say no to the sale of the application and essentially the business that it had become. There are number of costs that go into keeping an app like this up online. Well, two. One to keep a developers license which allows me to keep the app on the app store and two the servers where the papers are stored.
Over the past few weeks I have been working on a new business, which I will talk about soon when we are closer to launch. I am very excited to be a part of this new company, who again I can’t mention right now, but time is a thing, which I don’t have a lot of right now. With college needing a lot of my attention and now a brand new company, which I have to run I have had to make the very hard decision of letting Examie go.
Just to clarify I have not sold Examie. It is just going away. That said, the people who already have it would be able to continue to use it. The people who tried to acquire the app in the past are no longer interested and there are no other options for me but to just let it go. I’ll be honest, I am rather gutted I have to let it die – but there are no other cards on the table for me right now. I can’t afford to hire someone to take it over as I need to make rent and any money I have is going into my new company.
On March 1st Examie will no longer be available on the app store. It is going to the application graveyard if you will. That said I am open to offers from people who would like to take it over. If you are interested please email me[at]dylanvarian[dot]com.
From today the app will no longer be €3.59, it will be a bit cheaper than that. Call it a goodbye sale of sorts. I would appreciate if people could tell everyone they know to go download it if they can benefit from it, especially those of you who will be doing their junior or leaving cert this year. If I can raise enough capital to keep the app up for one more year I would be delighted and that is my goal. But current downloads would not cover the costs.
I am sorry to see this app go, and I hope it won’t die – but right now it is looking like that. I would like to thank everyone who has either purchased or even shared the app for all your help throughout the past year. It has been a good one. Goodbye – for now.
There has been a lot in the news and online the past few days of Justin Bieber, and normally I would try and avoid all of that idiots news because I honestly couldn’t give a shit what he’s up to, but with the news of his arrest due to a DUI got me interested. Continue Reading…
Facebook has become a daily part of all our lives. Whether that be while on our laptops we check in on what everyone is up to, whether it be on our phone while sitting on the bus or even while sitting on the toilet (don’t lie, we’ve all done it).
For the past year or so my love for Facebook has nearly disappeared. I don’t like the website anymore, it reminds me of the idiots I spent twelve years in school trying to get away from. A few weeks ago Niall Harbison wrote a piece on why he deleted his account and while reading it I felt like I should do the same. I went to facebook and while hovering over the delete button I couldn’t press it, but why?
At this point I probably have hundreds of things connected via Facebook. Spotify (which I use daily), various apps on my phone and I have a number of business pages I control from my account. If I deleted my account I would lose everything. This made me both angry and amazed. Facebook are fucking genius. They have made themselves vital to our internet experience without us even realising it. We can complain about all the privacy we want, we still hand over the data to various apps just so we can take a look at what it’s all about. This is why I can’t delete my facebook account, yet.
I have been trying my best to convert everything but the constant need for new passwords, keeping track of usernames, etc. is starting to take its tole on me. Maybe sometime in the near future I will be able to delete it, or maybe sometime in the distant future. Who knows? All I will say is take notice of all of this and start to convert if you can. And lastly, well done facebook – you sneaky bastards!