Sunday, March 30, 2008

Invite Friends

This weekend brings more updates to Coordinatr. One highly requested feature we implemented is to allow invited friends to add additional friends to an event. This feature is enabled by default for all new events but can be disabled at any time by simply unchecking a box on the event creation page.

We'll be releasing some big updates in the next few weeks that we're really excited about check back often!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

What About “Maybe”?

Since we launched Coordinatr, one of the biggest areas of feedback that we’ve received has pertained to event responses, or more specifically the lack of the “maybe” option. Some people really like the missing option, forcing users to make a decision and choose whether they will be attending. Others don’t…at all. They’ve become so used to sites like Evite allowing people to respond as “maybe” that they feel entitled to it now.

We spent a good bit of time debating this point, whether the best way was to cater to the norm and provide the “maybe” option, or to buck it and go against the grain. Normally, one would think that’s an obvious choice. Why would you want to do something different when you’re trying to get off the ground? Do what people are used to and you’ll have a much higher acceptance rate. That’s a logical argument, right?

In the end, it came down to the fact that we built Coordinatr as a solution to a problem we were having: coordinating people for events. One of the most frustrating things that we experienced when creating events with other services was for a majority of the attendees to respond as “maybe”. This was especially true for events where reservations at an establishment were necessary and “maybe” threw the count off drastically. Thus, it was finally decided that we would like the site more, and hopefully our users would too, if we eliminated the “maybe” option from the event responses.

Overall, even though we’ve gotten some complaints, people have taken to the system. Users have begun selecting the “yup” or “nope” options, and then clarifying if they might be able to attend or miss using the message board functionality, which is precisely how we envisioned the system being used. This allows the event creator the ability to more accurately determine who is going to show up, and lets the users explain their situation before the event begins.

If you want to read a great blog post promoting the elimination of the “maybe” option, check out: “Maybe” is one option too many by Jeffrey Zeldman.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Unicode Now Supported

We updated the site again last night which brought a highly requested feature: Unicode is now supported allowing you to create events using all kinds of characters! We've been pleasantly surprised by the amount of international attention the site has received and we thank everyone who has tried it out and told their friends. Most text that shows up as a question mark on the site will need to be updated before it is displayed correctly, so login and check it out at http://coordinatr.com.

We have a lot planned for the future so keep in touch and let us know how we're doing!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Profile Pages, Calendar Feeds and Press

We released some more updates to the site tonight, including profile pages for each person, calendar feeds so that event updates are reflected immediately in your 3rd party calendars, and a press page to highlight the coverage we've been getting over the past few days.

The profile page for each person is something that we've been toying with for a while. We've been attempting to buck the stigma of being another social networking site, and we were afraid that adding profiles would only perpetuate that image. In the end though, we found that having a page which enabled users to view larger profile pictures of friends, along with some additional details, greatly enhanced the usability of the site and allowed users to more easily create events and invite friends.

The calendar feed options that we present now allow you to add in a feed only once to a calendar, and have that automatically updated when changes are made to an event. This way you don't have to keep importing updated events and hassling with attachments.

The press page reflects some of the most popular coverage we've received since we launched last Thursday, along with the press release that we issued, and a print ready version of our logo. You can reach the press page through the "About" link on the main page of the site.

We're working like mad to tailor the site to your needs, so keep the feedback coming!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Launch Aftermath

We're quite happy to announce that the Coordinatr.com launch yesterday was a great success! The press release went out as scheduled and we were picked up by big and little blogs alike.

Here are some of the great write-ups we received:

mashable
killerstartups
genbeta (international - Spain)

We want to say a big thanks to everyone who checked out the site and gave us feedback!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

We Launched Today!

Well, we've finally done it. Yup, that's right, we launched. Figured it was about time. No more dragging our heels. Here's our Press Release!:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20080313/bs_prweb/prweb769684

We decided that it was better to get the site out there and being used by a wider audience, and subsequently getting more feedback, than to continue developing and making decisions based on our own assumptions of user likes and dislikes.

That said, we updated the site late last night one final time before today, so be sure to check out the new demo video and other little tweaks we made. As always, please keep the feedback coming!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Keep track of your events with a Personal Event RSS Feed

We'd like to introduce you to our newest feature: a Personal Event Feed. Once you enable to the feed by clicking on Event Feed under the Settings menu, you can add the link to your favorite RSS reader! From the Feed, you can view all of the details about the event and save it as an ICS file for iCal and Outlook or save it directly to your Google Calendar. We're really excited about this features because it shows that we're committed to providing you with access to your information from ANYWHERE!

Lots of other little updates were also implemented which improve the overall usability of the site. If you have any questions or comments, as always, let us know by replying to the blog, or leaving us feedback on the site. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

More updates based on your feedback

It has been a week since we posted last, but we haven't been idle. Tonight we rolled out one of the most requested features! Friends that you invite to an event are no longer required to register. Instead, they can click on the link in the email and go straight to the event page where they will be able to comment, RSVP, and view the ShareSpace page. If they choose to register in the future, we will automatically associate all of their past events with their account.

A bunch of other fixes were rolled out as well so take a look and let us know what you think. As always, keep the feedback coming!