StockTwits is a financial communication platform for the financial and investing community. Founded in 2008, the vision was and is to revolutionize the way investors and traders communicate by offering unparalleled transparency and insight via real-time messaging.
Create a community specifically for investors and traders to talk about stocks. The original proof of concept was built utilizing Twitter’s API. Twitter worked well as a real-time messaging platform. However, we knew that to create our own community we’d have to construct our own application off of Twitter and manage it appropriately and tailor it specifically to the needs of investors and traders.
StockTwits hired me very early in the process to work on all front-end aspects of the new web application. I've lead creative and am responsible for nearly all of the major deliverables related to StockTwits. I've researched, designed, tested and delivered products ranging from web, desktop and mobile applications to entire blog networks and online storefronts.
The community began on Twitter. This turned out to be fantastic for user research and feeback. Users were used to engaging with us already and we were able to get rapid feedback from users already testing our concept. This helped quickly understand pain points and needs.
Our research showed us how we could quickly differentiate ourselves from Twitter by meeting the needs specific to the investing and trading community. Group discussions helped focus the team and allowed features to emerge.
The team employed agile development methods to iterate quickly and pivot when necessary. We deployed early and often as we iterated and reacted to feedback and testing. We launched a series of applications and products: web applications, blog networks, online store fronts, desktop applications and mobile applications.
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