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January 31, 2013 - by joyentirene
Making studying fun is almost impossible, partially because everyone learns differently. Despite the odds, Quizlet has done it. How? They’ve taken the simple concept of a “Study set,” which can be input onto flashcards, and created a vibrant community that shares and learns these sets in various study modes and competitive games. The Quizlet IOS app is just about to surpass 1,000,000 downloads only 5 months after its release, and a native Android app is on the way. Warning, Parents: It may now be harder to tell your kids they’re not ready for their own smartphone.
Not surprisingly, Quizlet has a lot of fans and has some impressive metrics to prove it:
Check out these amazing real-time visuals of studying on Quizlet:
The numbers sure do talk, and so do real Quizlet users, samihabib36 and ToriGoetz:
Quizlet’s mission is to offer studying tools for students and educators around the world to help them build a digital, interactive learning community. They help Art History majors study paintings, Spanish students practice their verbs, 5th graders learn their spelling words, and ew wainters memorize the menus of their restaurants. Quizlet’s goal is to build software that any learner can use.
Quizlet is just one of the awesome companies running on Joyent. After examining several other cloud offerings, Quizlet decided to build its business on the Joyent Cloud starting with their first beta build in 2007. The company presently uses a high availability, low-latency cloud infrastructure that can easily handle bursts in traffic. Quizlet runs on Joyent SmartOS, Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager (load balancers - 1 gigabyte capacity each), New Relic to monitor performance across all web servers, and two Percona database appliances (48 gigabyte master and a 16 gigabyte slave) that snapshot data without coming out of production.
“Just in the past 12 months, Quizlet has welcomed 70 million visitors. Over the next 12 months, we expect 150 million,” says CEO Dave Margulius. “Many of those users are in grade school, high school, or college — an audience especially impatient with slow website performance. They just expect the site to work and work fast. That is why we selected Joyent, we are committed to using the best available technologies to help us grow and to give our users the best possible online experience.”