Wednesday, September 13, 2006

We have big Ears

Don't make fun of us, our ears just happen to be larger than most. I mean, when you talk, we listen. And we don't just listen, we LISTEN listen. We don't just hear you, WE HEAR YOU. (lol thanks Dane).

So it's with great pleasure that I announce two new features (no, we don't stop) today. First, we've introduced a site tutorial link on the profile page that walks you through what you can do once you sign in. The Experience Project is a large resource, and we don't want you to miss out on something really interesting because you didn't know it existed or how to get there.

And the second feature is simply such a huge improvement, it practically makes me emotional. It's a 'What's New' box on your profile page when you sign in. It shows you exactly all the new parts of life that people have shared, be it dreams, confessions, surveys, stories or experiences, since the last time you logged in.

These two features make the site easier to use and significantly more functional.

And listen, please stop sending us roses. We love you too, but there's simply no more room here. Donate to child hunger programs instead.

With these behind us (along with Face Scrub- it's been a busy week!), the feature we're working on now will blow the doors off. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

STIRR Founder's Mixer

I will be at the STIRR Founder's Mixer this Wednesday in San Francisco, for those interested in chatting live.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Face Scrub

One of the interesting challenges we face at The Experience Project is how to find the right balance between anonymity and personalization.

It is critical that everyone at the site stay anonymous, such that we feel comfortable sharing all kinds of experiences-- including sensitive topics. At the same time, we're all real people and don't like being boxed into bland categories.

We made a big step forward this morning with the release of our new 'face scrub' feature-- now when you upload a photo for your profile, you can tick off a box that says "My Face is in this Picture." When you do that, we'll automatically (try to) change your picture in such a way that makes your face unrecognizable, while still preserving some of the aspects of the picture that you found interesting in the first place. Of course, it won't always work, but it's added a nice new feature that will allow members to be even more at home at Experience Project without compromising the principles of the Project.

Our community is an amazing place to be, and it's getting more so every day. I hope to see you there, even though I won't know who you are! ;)

Oh, and how did that image look before we tackled it?

Have fun :)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

New features

Too much time developing leaves too little time for blogging.

Two exciting new features:

In response to many of your requests, we created a survey generator so you can automatically create questionnaire code for placement in other social network sites. This helps us get the word out about ourselves, while giving users a fun tool to play around with. Check it out here:
Create your own Survey

And our advertising engine is now in place... I'll have a lot more to say about this in a future post, but the sponsorship opportunities at The Experience Project are nothing short of remarkable. Since everything is organized into experiences, you are able to target your audience with laser focus-- and since we've chosen to make all ads plain-text links, sponsors also get a one-way text link from a highly relevant page to their own, which is quite nice for improving the advertiser's organic search engine results.
Advertise at the Experience Project

As always good folks, more to come. We're going through keyboards like underwear.