Myself and Saravanan worked on a primitive Lightning network explorer in the month of Feb and here is a detailed post into it.
I always felt guilty about the barebone UI that I built for it. But couldn’t find time to revamp the UI. It’s July 2022 and the time has come.
We spent countless hours debating to find what kind of LN visualizer will prove to be useful to the node runners. Our node running experience is very limited and most useful data like channel balances, etc., are private information. So after a point, we decided we will make the best visualization tool, that does its job properly. A node can have either 4 peers or 4000 peers, we should make the UI usable and clean.
After sketching out various designs, we decided to go with clustering by node capacity.
Though I could think UX, I am bad with colors and visuals. So I pulled in my dear friend, Sakthi and he made a brilliant Figma design by stretching over 3-4 nights.
Then 2-3 weeks of late-night coding (after office hours) and weekend stretching, the work is almost done. Thanks to my friends Hemath, Raghav, Beulah, Aadarsh, Thina for testing the tool and giving useful feedback.
With all the testing, we launched it on Aug 19, 2022. Here is the launch tweet
Hi Plebs,— Saiyasodharan (@saiy2k) August 19, 2022
Myself and @saravananmani_ wanted to learn LN, so created this primitive LN explorer as a learning project.
Please explore it and share your comments.https://t.co/czw1DAPOyJ (Check in desktop)#LightningNetwork #BuildOnBitcoin #Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/76ON0XQfBR
The launch received a very good reception on Bitcoin Twitter.
The unexpected milestones
2 legendary plebs (my personal favorites) liked the tweet
- Fiatjaf reshared
- Starkness (Elizabeth Stark) liked the tweet
And earned some sats by posting it in stacker.news @ https://stacker.news/items/68195
Inspired by the community feedback, we got another half a dozen ideas that we like to execute. But my top priority at the moment is to find a job in a bitcoin company and join the greater mission.
Thanks to my partner Saravanan mani and of course to Andreas Antonopolous for orange-pilling us.
– Hail Satoshi –