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Mighty Alexβ€” Maker; UX/UI Designer
Hi guys, this is my latest project on which we worked together with my girlfriend. It's a website presenting random useful things in a few sentences so you don't bother to read, but only get the important information.

If you want to start a conversation, these facts can help you. No time-consuming and can add a lot of value to your knowledge. You can read it from your phone too.

What do you think, can you find it useful?
Frank Fumarolaβ€” Product at Facebook
This is pretty cool! I could see myself enjoying this for sprints at a time. The challenge will be remembering to come back.

One thing I would add is that you should pre-fetch the next facts images a slide before so it doesn't make the page jump.
Γ–zgΓΌr Alazβ€” Trend Expert, Founder of @usefulideasnet
@mightyalex Do you plan a businessmodel for this. Or it is just a side project

Can people contribute to the content?
Mighty Alexβ€” Maker; UX/UI Designer
Thanks @ffumarola we are very happy that you enjoyed it. The next image pre-fetch is awesome idea, I will implement it for sure. I've setup a twitter and facebook profiles which can help in remembering to come back.

Having an app is also a good idea but not in my plans for now. I guess it can be just pinned to home

Hi @ozguralaz for now it's just a side project, but hopefully can grow into something bigger. People can't contribute, we are two people that are writing the content ourselves.
Kumar Thanguduβ€” Industrial & PTF Engineer
Smart is the wrong word. Knowledgeable might be the better one.
Mighty Alexβ€” Maker; UX/UI Designer
@datarade That's a really long word :) You mean for the slogan right?
Kumar Thanguduβ€” Industrial & PTF Engineer


Brain training is false advertising. There's no recognizable evidence that we can make someone smarter through exposure.

I would also take a look at: for inspiration.
(daily news for the thinking man)
Scott Allenβ€” HR Manager, ChefStable Group
I would love to see a link to a source or further reading
Mighty Alexβ€” Maker; UX/UI Designer
@datarade Hi Kumar,

This is a fun and quick way to learn new things, without taking too much of your time but presenting the highlights of some more complex information, which will inspire you for research or conversation with your friends.

The "Be smart, instantly" slogan is funny and catchy way to describe all of this.
Ryan Hooverβ€” Product Hunt
Big fan of the simplicity, @mightyalex. This would make a fantastic toilet companion on mobile. I gave you some quick feedback on Twitter last night but I'll share here as well -- maybe others have some good ideas:

- Make Everything Above the Fold - right now the "more" button and share links are beneath the fold when viewing on my MacBook. There's room to remove some of the white space or make the photos smaller.

- "Hidden" Share Buttons - the tweet and Facebook share links aren't very discoverable. This type of content is perfect for sharing. Consider using standard Twitter and FB buttons that people are familiar with.

- Optimize for Tweets - in almost all the cases, the pre-filled tweet message is cut off to fit within the 140 character limit. Try customizing each tweet so that it fits and makes sense/is interesting to people that see it on Twitter.

- There are Hotkeys? - I bet most people don't know you can tap left and right to scroll through cards. Consider adding a message (maybe only display when they first visit the site).

- Build Email Subscribers - Looks like you're getting some nice traffic from Product Hunt but a large majority of people won't come back to InstaNerd, even if they love it. They need a reminder. Consider giving visitors the ability to subscribe to weekly "nerdy insights" to re-engage them later.

Again, great job. Curious to see what you do with it and if you start crowdsourcing contributions. Hell, you may even want to go Tinder-style by giving people the ability to curate the best ones.
Mighty Alexβ€” Maker; UX/UI Designer
Hi @scottalln,

At first it was planned to have a source, I recon we still have the source field in the database :) but then we decided that you can google the thing if it catches your attention.
Kumar Thanguduβ€” Industrial & PTF Engineer

I would also make sure the app passes these litmus tests:

@rrhoover I love these^ 2 UX/IX tools. Any other suggestions?
Mighty Alexβ€” Maker; UX/UI Designer
Thanks for the opportunity and the suggestions @rrhoover much appreciated!
Kumar Thanguduβ€” Industrial & PTF Engineer
"The 'Be smart, instantly' slogan is funny and catchy way to describe all of this. "

@mightyalex Objectively, it's also incorrect. As long as it's fun, I guess it's okay to be incorrect though. eek :/
Lucas CERDANβ€” Product Manager, PrestaShop
Too much love, site is down (the tweet didn't help I guess).
One thing though: I didn't find the highlighted text to bring real value to each fact.
Is that supposed to be the most important information? Should I read more facts to see some that are relevant?
Oliver Watersβ€” Co-founder, d3i / Momento
@mightyalex Getting an error: "User 'instanerd' has exceeded the 'max_questions' resource (current value: 75000)"

Looks like the 'Product Hunt effect' has taken place. Time to scale up ;)
Connor Montgomeryβ€” Product engineer @pinterest. High-fiver.
Hell yes.
Mighty Alexβ€” Maker; UX/UI Designer
It happened :) It got 10.000 visits in a short period of time and apparently the database was set-up differently. I fixed it the moment I saw it.
Shaan Puriβ€” ceo, Monkey Inferno
I like this, but UberFacts already does this super well
John Hadenβ€” Founder, TrooMobile
It's easy... I like it.
Guy Galβ€” Growth at Joyus
Looks like you already implemented some of the suggestions that were made on the thread today. *slow clap*
Ryan Hooverβ€” Product Hunt
Well done, @mightyalex. The improvements you made since this morning are nice. :)
M.G. Sieglerβ€” General Partner, GV
Such a great site. Agree about being the perfect toilet companion. Or, waiting in line companion, if we must.
Ryan Hooverβ€” Product Hunt
@parislemon - I now have a theme for an upcoming Product Hunt email: toilet companion products.
Oliver Watersβ€” Co-founder, d3i / Momento
@mightyalex Great job and well done on the improvements. The more I flick through this, the more I love it. I agree with @rrhoover β€” a daily or weekly email with a fact would be neat and encourage return visits. As an app this would certainly satisfy the 'toilet companion' aspect.
Paprika Xuβ€” Product, GoGoVan
Omg I'm feeling so smart now :D
Mighty Alexβ€” Maker; UX/UI Designer
Thank you guys for all the great comments and suggestions. It's been a turbulent day yesterday and you helped me a lot. The website got a lot of attention (for which I was hoping for), but never imagined it would get so much love :)

I'm continuing to work on improvements, especially on the quality of the content which is the most important after all. Also I would like to implement the e-mail subscription idea which is an important factor on keeping the visitors.

I'm still not sure if it needs an app, especially when you can pin the website to home screen and it's responsive (don't hate me pls :)) But this can change...

The hosting stays the same for now, I will have to test it in the following days on how it will behave with a certain amount of visitors.

Thank you again everyone, especially to Ryan who started all this and helped with the boost of InstaNerd.
Oliver Watersβ€” Co-founder, d3i / Momento
@mightyalex Another important suggestion: include references to the source(s) of the fact. As well as verifying the fact it also provides the opportunity for the reader to learn more.
Preethi Kasireddyβ€” Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
i love it. the simplicity and ease of use is great.
M.G. Sieglerβ€” General Partner, GV
@rrhoover πŸ‘
Ryan Hooverβ€” Product Hunt
@parislemon - clearly we need to add emoji support to Product Hunt. I can't see what you entered but I'll assume it's mr. happy poo.
M.G. Sieglerβ€” General Partner, GV
@rrhoover you'll just have to add it to fine out!
Kumar Thanguduβ€” Industrial & PTF Engineer
@mightyalex this might be the fastest way to get your newsletters set up. (nice little older gem from
Frank Fumarolaβ€” Product at Facebook
@mightyalex looks like you got the pre-fetch in? Awesome!
Mighty Alexβ€” Maker; UX/UI Designer
Thanks @datarade I will definitely make a newsletter signup feature.

Hey @ffumarola yeah I did, it was a great idea, thank you for that :)
Anjali Menonβ€” Operations @ TaskRabbit
I LOVE this. If nothing else for the title and byline.
Mighty Alexβ€” Maker; UX/UI Designer
I have added a subscribe functionality for weekly e-mails with 5 most interesting facts.

Also while looking for a "Back to homepage" UX solution I've temporary implemented something like this - You need to scroll to top in order to see it. (Works only on desktop)
Alexei Ciobanuβ€” entrepreholic
I would also add the source of the "fact".
Mighty Alexβ€” Maker; UX/UI Designer
@alexeiciobanu Yeah we thought of that (check my comments above) but we left it for the sake of simplicity. Before publishing, the fact is verified on multiple sources and all of the facts are hand-picked and written by @kirovskanatasha

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