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3 internet startups that I never thought would make it

I have always had much faith in the web, but I guess even I got surprised at times. I'll cut to the point: I never expected startups like Twitter or StumbleUpon to succeed. Or, though admittedly on a much smaller scale, techqi, which is this blog. Who would have thought that people would get so addicted to microblogging? Well, I didn't. Or that a random site-loading toolbar would be delightful and win over millions? Me again. I was wrong in both cases, and as a result I'm now a happy member of both Twitter and StumbleUpon. Very honestly speaking, I never thought techqi would even survive on Google. But it has, and has received thousands of hits (half a million pageviews, to be exact). Even AV Scan, which came much later, has long crossed the 10k visitor mark. I'm very optimistic about both these blogs, and that has in turn triggered my perfectionist instinct. Now I'm not satisfied with techqi's looks and overall organization, so I desperately want to give it an overhaul. I intend to transform techqi into a webzine-like experience ASAP, and if the heavens approve, it will be a blast. Unfortunately, that will take time, so I might have to chug along the way things have been, for at least some time more. If you've been following my posts you know I haven't been great for a while, and I still have loads of academic chores. I'm still missing a computer. Just keeping alive.

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