Microsoft Popfly - Why I'm Excited

Popfly has been out for about a week now, and I'm excited about it.  Why?  Is it because I've seen the site evolve internally over the past few months?  Is it because it's the first "real" application I've seen that really shows off the power of Silverlight?  Is it because I can finally create that umpteenth Twitter-vision clone I've been dreaming about?  Well, maybe, but I'm also proud in a's one of the first Microsoft products that has shipped that has a teeny bit of code that I wrote in it.  I wrote the Stock Quote block.  I also wrote another block, not to be named, but for some reason it didn't make it in the final version.  So what if all the block is is a little Javascript wrapper over the MSN money website?  It's *my* wrapper.  :)

Oh, if you don't have an invite yet, I'm sorry to say that I've already given mine out as graduation gifts (one to my Comp Sci roommate from CWRU, Evan Perry, who just graduated with his J.D., and two to former intern and soon to be full-time Microsoftie Matt Manela, who just graduated with his B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Math...congratulations to you both!)

If you haven't read anything yet about Popfly, I'd suggest starting with John Montgomery's blog and working your way out from there.  Here's a great post where he recaps all of the recent press coverage.

Finally, congratulations to the Popfly team--it's a great site, it's *fun* to use, and I only see it getting better from here.  I still want to know what happened to the other block I wrote... :)