Me and a collogue have been working on this project for approximately two years now, and are happy to see we´re getting a bit closer to launch it into public.
What we aim to make is a map based community where you as a user can get instant access to any piece of information available around your location. We´re not too far away from something we think is awesome.
Anyway! We need tons of feedback on what we can do to make our site/application better. Thanks for anything you might have of feedback!
Here´s the link -> http://round.io
PS; We have not implemented facebook login yet, but we sure will, eventually. We have not made a fancy video yet, and placed it on our front page. Neither have we made a "tour" feature for new users. There´s also some small bugs and polishing we need to make better here and there. But we will for sure do it. Anyway, all feedback is highly appreciated!
I have only viewed you home page as I couldn't go any further without registering (which I don't want to do) so I think the tour is something that is important. The home page is clear & uncluttered. Is it only for iphone? If it also available on Android I would have this on the homepage also.
Baard it would be great if you had a temporary username and password for me to log in. I really don't want to register at the moment. Just by looking at the home page, it look really clean and professional. I love the simple color scheme that you used. Which I new what are all the options, for instance the different features of you map compared to Bing or Google. Does it offer anything new?
Hi there, and thanks for the feedback. It is quite different from both Google and Bing, for sure. It's basically a mix of twitter, facebook and reddit, where all content is geotagged. You also browse the entire app by a map.
I see there might be a problem to get reviews when there's a signup process. But, there is no email verification at the moment, so anything that can validate as an email is ok to use in the signup process for now. Since it's a community/social network, I think a better idea is to provide this info, instead of everybody logging in as a spesific user.
Temporarily created a username sitepoint with password demo for demo usage.
The only problem on your site is your domain, it looks like scam site domain...You should use domain .com or .net....
Thanks for the feedback. We also have roundio.com and roundio.net available. We haven´t yet decided which one we´ll end up using.
The .io domains are actually quite expensive like about 4x the price of other domains (in my country) so I dont equate them with scam.
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That´s my thoughts as well, but I have no idea what most people think about this.
I wouldn't use one: http://gigaom.com/2014/06/30/the-dark-side-of-io-how-the-u-k-is-making-web-domain-profits-from-a-shady-cold-war-land-deal/
It doesn't really influence how I regard a site using one, but I know a lot of less computer/tech savvy people are confused by extensions like this which they don't immediately recognise. Presumably that effect will fade in time, though, as they become more common.[/ot]
I agree with this...It can affect your traffic on your site.
I couldn't access this web page but got a 404 error from the web host. Are you able to repost the crucial part of the article contents here?
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From that article:
Summary: The .io domain is a hit, but few startups using it appreciate the associations it carries — a mass expulsion that took place within living memory, and a crucial staging-post for the “War on Terror”.
It's the TLD for the British Indian Ocean Territory, but there is controversy over it, because the people of that territory apparently receive no benefit from the income generated.
For marketing, we might as well use roundio.com. But, first, build awesomeness!
It's very interesting idea of social network based on geolocation. The only concern would be for me is privacy, like don't write a post in round.io at home. People would know where you live. Overall the design is good, however, it seems for me that design is designed for mobile devices, but not for desktop computers or laptops which seems to me little bit weird.
Why did you put blank world map in the header? FIrst it was kind of confusing for me. Instead of static image you could make it interactive map with pins and posts around the globe within last 24 hours, that would be really cool!
Also about .io, I think it's too mainstream
Good luck to you and your team with the awesome project!
Hi, volter9, and thanks a ton for really awesome and inspiring feedback!
The privacy around posting at home is for sure a concern. But, since it´s possible to post from any location no matter where you are located, it´s fully possible to get positioned and then dragging the marker to somewhere nearby instead. And, it´s possible to delete posts you have created. This is among things we hope we can educate to our users somehow (through video, tour feature, help sections and so on).
You are also very right about the desktop browsing. The main focus is making a mobile application, so desktop has been prioritised the most. But, this will probhably be prioritized at a later stage, when critical features and bugs have been sorted out.
I love, really love your idea about the world map. Thanks!! I will for sure proceed with this and make something out of that idea. Feedback like this is the reason a one should always ask for feedback. When we have finished search and image uploads, this will be a high priority task, for sure.
Again, thanks! This is really valuable to us.
@volter9 Have now made the update you suggested.
Looking very impressive with mixture of images and video however need some more content
so think the concept is good but for me when i first hit your home page i was like 'um what do i do?'
I couldn't see what i was meant to do or what the site was even about. to me it just looked like a product sales site reminding me of something like http://www.apple.com/uk/mac/
I had to scroll down ages to get to the login section, which i only did as i knew it must be there. If i stumbled upon the site i would have left as a quick scroll wouldn't have given me any more info about the site and i would simply assume it was selling stuff.
so the first thing i see is 'Get instant knowledge from everything nearby.' um how? thats a big claim to make when i don't even have enough knowledge of what the site even does.
this does make more sense 'Browse your surroundings in a fun and easy way!' but as said is at the bottom.
Don't mean to be harsh but that's how i saw it.
personally i would lose the image of computers/tablets (which look like they should have price tags) as i am not looking at them and thinking 'wow the world is a cool place i want to explore', i'm thinking 'i don't want another computer right now, or a piece of software that is going to 'Get instant knowledge from everything nearby.' which sounds dodgy to me'. Instead i would concentrate on the map side of things. a cool map graphic would be more logical to me and a clever logo... off the top of my head you could have a map pin with a globe for the pin head with round.io written around the outside sticking into a map. So your user thinks ok so this is about maps and stuff even before reading anything, and the round bit make sense like circumnavigating the globe.
After logging in it seemed quite sparse. The map with the pins is too narrow for my liking so i'd make that bigger. the map pins also didn't close when you open the next one so you can end up with a messy looking map.
I also found the lack of a footer a bit strange for me as i'm used to it being there and it just seemed unfinished to me. I know google images doesn't have a footer but somehow seems different. You could have a fixed footer thats only like 40px high or something, just enough to have your logo and about the company etc.
I'm sure it will be good though. Hope this was useful. Best of luck
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