New iOS app with lots of users around you!

We get excited about every new release, especially as it allows us to launch features that our Circlers have put on their “wish list” in the past weeks.

Today, the new version of our iOS app will feature some improvements to the user-experience, both for the discovery of other Circlers, and the discovery of new interests and related content.

On the discovery of new users using the app, we apply now better filters in our algorithm to show users who are closer to the Circler, and who have a richer and better-matching interest-profile. Our tests have proven very positive, with results showing a much better set of people suggested for different users and their related profile. Try it now and let us know what you think of it!

On the discovery of new interests, our algorithms are getting much more effective in bringing to a Circler’s attention not only the popular interests, but also the ones “hyped” (i.e., interests that in a given, short, timeframe get lots of visibility and activity around them). This way you will not just see ‘Traveling” (9200+ likes), “Apple” (12800+ likes) and “Game of Thrones” (5250+ likes) on the list, but even interests such as the one about the actress and model Alicia Vikander (165 likes now) or the one about the astronomical phenomenon of the Eclipse (959 likes now).

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The last weeks have been very rewarding to us, with the involvement of our users increasing constantly (+110% time spent per user since the beginning of Summer). We’re very honored of this, and we hope that all our little improvements will continue to make you happy and enjoying the use of CircleMe.

Get the new iOS app now, and if you like what you see…. spread the word, please! 🙂

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/circleme-the-interest-based-social-network/id505991146

#bewhatyoulike , always!

Now you can meet Circlers similar to you!

Today might be the day your life becomes better, with more interesting people around you! 😉

As one of the most popular requests by our active users, the Enhanced People Search launching today (for our iOS app) is quite a special feature: it helps you find all the people who share your same interests and who are near to where you are. Cool gig, don’t you think?!

You don’t want to wait one second more? Get the iOS app here!

The way it works is simple. Click on the Search icon (up-right corder of the feed screen), and when the search screen opens, click on the blue text “Enhanced Search“. At that point you will be able to define 1, 2 or 3 interests you would look to have in common with the people you are looking for. Furthermore, you’ll be able to determine the location (and distance range) where you want to find these people similar to you. Done! Click on Search and we will do the magic. You will get as a result, user profile starting from the ones who match more closely your search, to the ones that match it partially.

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If you need a friendly 1-minute tutorial video on how the feature works, just see this video on our CircleMe YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIXGX1tSDdY

We believe this feature could really make the CircleMe experience much more useful and enjoyable for many of you who are interested in finding out people who share the same interests. CircleMe can very well be the most powerful and accurate system to do that, before any other social media site or online dating app.

What, you have not tried yet our iOS app? You gotta do it! Go on, visit the Apple Store and download it for FREEhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/circleme-the-interest-based-social-network/id505991146

We hope you will make lots of new friends who share your same passions! #bewhatyoulike

GET THE FREE APP HERE

Nope, CircleMe is not really a social network! [Or not ‘just’ that]

 

lupo-circleme-1Wait, let’s make this clear from the beginning: it’s not that we dislike social networks (on the contrary, we love them!), but CircleMe is not properly defined as one, even though often people think of us first and foremost as [yet another] social network on the market. Sure, we have some nice social network features, which are always important in a digital platform today… but we are something else. Frankly, we are more than that!

CircleMe was architectured in such a way to provide significant value to a user even if she/he would choose to be ‘alone’ on the platform. We are certainly aware of the increasingly popular ‘social needs’ of the digital age, and yet we know that keeping some time for yourself is also a very precious thing for our wellbeing.

Let’s face it, from time to time, some moments alone can be pretty enjoyable… like the beautiful ‘pet’ in the image above is proudly showing us. 😉

Sure, CircleMe has some very nifty features related to connecting users on the platform and enabling you to stay in touch with such Circlers, who now are in the hundreds of thousands all around the globe (nope, not millions yet!). The connecting feature we introduced (i.e., the “Trust” button) was done to increase the potential for accessing interesting and relevant content, as you gradually start relying on other people to scout good content for you. This is what is called “social recommendation” or sometimes “social filtering“, and it’s something we like as a concept and certainly continue to invest on.

Furthermore, on CircleMe you can send messages to other Circlers, or even tag people on interesting content you want them to notice (to do that, in a comment area simply start typing with the symbol “@” and then the user’s name you want to tag).

Yet, CircleMe was not born to substitute itself to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat… real kings and queens of social networks. Those networks know how to keep people in touch with one another, and so we let them do the job while we focus on something else! 😉

We created CircleMe with one objective in mind: to make you enjoy the web more and more, by personalizing your digital content experience based on your unique interest profile (i.e., a personal magazine, a personal calendar, a personal map, and so on…). Hence, either you use CircleMe while connecting and chatting with friends and interesting people, or in total isolation, the purpose remains the same. We want to be your go-to-place for articles, news and any type of content that is relevant for you!

Here below is a little example of what we mean by creating a “personal magazine” for you (or, in this case, for a person who likes LEGO, photography, Science, Surfing, Formula 1, Buddhism and some other particular things ;)).

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A sample of CircleMe’s personal magazine look&feel

Based on this bold statement (i.e., “we are not a social network”), the intriguing consequence is the realization that on CircleMe you can get the benefit of the platform even if you never connect with a single user. Yeah, that’s a bit of a twist, we know.

Now, nothing against you ‘trusting‘ some very interesting Circlers on the platform, but so you know, you’ll get its benefits and value even if you want to keep things for yourself.

Now, having made this point clearer… time to explore this digital world, you lone wolf! 😉

 

New iOS app is launched!

Dear CircleMe users, fans, and curious,
today is a big day: the release of our brand-new iOS app!
Launching CircleMe iOS
Want to create a profile with all the things you truly care and are interested about? Want to get fresh content on any of 1 million interests available on the platform? Create your personal magazine with CircleMe, expressing all your Likes in one place, and getting up to 1000 new articles per day on anything you can think of.
More than this, get our “magicalPersonal Calendar populate with all the events you most likely will be interested in, being related to your interest-profile and the location where you are. 70,000 events are ready for you to discover them!
With 5 years experience on our back, we worked hard to improve the User-Experience which will anyway affect hundreds of thousands of users. If you have the original CircleMe-iOS app on your phone, you will see the gigantic leap we took. We made the exploration of content much easier, and reading an article more pleasant. On top of all this, we added a feature to spot fake news, which is certainly something we really care about.
Here a fun video of our app launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJactCxSKAc
We look forward to hearing your feedback on how you find our new iOS app for CircleMe.
Enjoy your interests, always! #bewhatyoulike

Getting a fresh start with Exa Futures

So, there are some big news for us! As of today, the technologies related to CircleMe and its related interest-based network have been acquired by Exa Futures (www.exafutures.com), a young company still based in the wonderful, fashionable, trendy (and even a bit sexy), Milano. 😉

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Exa Futures website homepage

What does this mean for you, our users? Well, probably there will be implications, of course, and we hope you will like them. Exa Futures wants to continue to develop CircleMe so it continues to move towards becoming the world’s best interest-network available on the Internet. To do this though, the focus will need to be on making the company sustainable. Yes, that means we need to make money… but don’t start shaking out of fear! Indeed, the question is natural: how would you make a buck in this world of “free [everything]“?

First: we want to stay away from selling users’ data. Furthermore, we do not like advertising just for the sake of making few bucks with millions of invasive impressions here and there. But we do need to make a living (especially if you want us to keep CircleMe FREE).

Considering this, Exa Futures’ strategy will be to push on the packaging of our nifty technologies so that also other companies will be able to take advantage of AI systems that can “automagically” identify content and categorize it based on 1 or more of the million topics already mapped on our interest-graph.

We hope that Exa Futures will find many strong partners to work with, making good business while providing a great service to you, our Circlers, and in the meantime continuing to map all the Internet’s (good) content, on a single virtual graph.

We are excited about the future coming for us, and we hope you are too! Keep on Circling with us!

Nice to mee… Circle you!

We love when CircleMe becomes the place where our users enjoy conversations about their interests. We thought we could also start this conversation with them ourselves when we first ‘meet’ them, to make signing up less tedious, and more interactive! And so, we created our ‘conversational’ sign-up process.

As Circlers know, we strive to make the most of the latest technologies and keep on improving CircleMe, and we’ve done it yet again: From today, when users join CircleMe, they’ll be greeted by a new sign-up process containing few questions that will help them understand how to best use CircleMe.

And it’s not just good for users… After a few days of testing this new sign-up process (FYI – we have A/B tests running constantly on the site and we determine ‘test-winners’ each week), we’ve seen great results when it comes to business metrics for those new Circlers using the new Sign-up process, multiplying our conversion rate by x2.5. Also, these new users are 63.4% more active than those who do not, a proof that it does a good job when it comes to educating users.

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Second step of the easy peasy new sign-up process

If you haven’t joined, give it a try! And if you’re already a Circler, why not answering those questions by adding these interests to your profile? These things to add are: A movie they like, something they’d like To-Do such as a book or city to visit, a topic they often read news about, and concerts or events happening near you, which you can find here.

An Android app update blossoms with Spring!

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New recommendations section on the CircleMe for Android app

Dear Circlers, as we entered spring our best Android app to date has bloomed and we’re really excited to be telling you about it today:

Download the latest version of the CircleMe app to get a brand new recommendations section. You can use this section if, for instance, you’re at a library looking for a cool new book to read.
Readability of news has been improved, meaning you’ll have a better experience whilst catching up on the latest for your interests. In fact, we’ve even improved the posting and commenting areas so that chatting with other Circlers is easier than and more fun than ever.

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Now it’s easier than ever to chat with other Circlers.

We have also added Push Notifications so that you don’t miss on any important news and conversations. And you can manage your preferences for these notifications from the ‘settings’ section.

Finally, we’ve added a series of kick-ass performance improvements, to make circling as fast and smooth as possible. We hope you enjoy this last version and please do keep your feedback coming at support at circleme dot com 🙂

Happy spring Circling!