Adventures in Bey Bey Name Generating

I had the pleasure of working with my wife on a project for the first time this week. It was only about a day’s worth of work, but so far it’s been the most viral thing I’ve ever been a part of. And also had the quickest visitor drop off due to it’s timely nature.

The project was the Bey Bey Name Generator (┬áIt’s a simple little web app that was inspired by Jay Z and Beyonce giving their new baby the ridiculous name of Blue Ivy. My wife heard this and said to me almost immediately that we should make a website that lets you come up with your own name using the same equation of Color + Plant = Silly Ass baby name.I found some spare time to design and code it and threw it online. It’s crazy how simple the concept and execution was and how people seemed to really dig it. screenshot

In the 3 days since we let it loose, it’s generated 27,000+ views, mostly coming from facebook, twitter, the huffington post, and While it was taking off, I kept my eyes on the live google analytics stuff to see where it was blowing at the time. I suggest anyone that’s launching a site to check that out. It’s actually really cool (if you find graphs and statistics and that sort of thing cool). But my favorite part of the whole thing was when Beavis and Butthead tweeted about it.

I don’t plan on doing any other of these quick little projects anytime soon, but if the moment arrives, I’ve learned that you just have to run with it before it’s old news.

Greg Kepler is an interactive developer at the Barbarian Group. He started as a design student graduating from RIT with a degree in New Media Design and Imaging in 2004 and fell in love with Flash. He worked for 4 years as a designer, developer, and interactive studio manager at Iomedia and moved on to the Barbarian Group in 2010 as an interactive developer where he tries to get his hands dirty with whatever technologies he can.