Initially, #selfieWorld worked automatically. Once a user arrived at the site, markers began populating the map, and continued to do so until the browser window was closed—this caused browsers to crash over time. To fix the issue, I added start and stop buttons. Not only did this small modification prevent the inevitable crash, but it also gave users control over their experience.
Additionally, to learn and practice API creation, while incentivizing users to interact with the site, I added a best of function that displays the highest rated #selfies. My intent was that, à la Tila Tequila fame during the MySpace Top 8 days, users would visit and interact with the site often in the hopes that their #selfie might make the list.