CircleMe has GDPR covered!

Needless to say, for us at CircleMe data is important, and among this, your data is of the utmost importance. It’s since the beginning of CircleMe (now more than 7 years) that we care about your personal data and do all is necessary to keep it safe and, of course, private. We do this with passion and commitment.

For this reason, this month, motivated by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) [(EU) 2016/679] which comes into effect today, we have dedicated some time to improve our services and its related Privacy Policies.

You know, you might have been bombarded by e-mails and other messages regarding the GDPR effect (and that is annoying, no doubt!), but we believe that the GDPR is actually a great step in the right direction, for any digital citizen. For this reason, we welcome and embrace it, with the hope that we will always do what is required (and more!) to comply to all its requirements.

So, how did we start doing this practically? Well, let us tell you what we did.

WE COMMUNICATE TERMS BETTER

No doubt communication is key, and often trying to understand what is written in the fine-prints of terms and policies is a total nightmare. We will try to stay away from incomprehensible legal text, or at least, when we cannot avoid it, we will try to help with some simplifications along the sides.

So, in short these are some key points related to how we deal with your personal data:

  1. We use the data to make CircleMe awesome. Our objective is to provide you with a service (CircleMe) that gets you the best digital experience based on your interest-profile. For this reason, we need to ask you about your interests (and other personal data) to provide you with a service you will love.
  2. Your data is, in fact, yours! You are in control of your data in more than one ways: you can decide how much data you provide us; you can edit your data; you can deactivate your account (if you want to take some time off the platform and hide all your information); you can permanently delete all your data and you can even ask you to export your data (for use in other ways).
  3. We will always ask permission to use your data appropriately. This means that you might have to ‘tick’ several boxes instead of just one, but we do it for transparency and to clarify that there are different uses of this data. Depending on the case, we use your personal data to make CircleMe work well for you; we use it to communicate with you; we use it to create intelligence on people’s interests; we use it to learn how to improve our services.
  4. We do not sell your personal data. We are a business, and might do deals where aggregated forms of data are shared with partners, but we do not sell data that cannot be anonymized. Hope you appreciate our transparency.
  5. Data is gone if not used. We will delete your data if you stop using our services for a prolonged amount of time.
  6. Data safety in our minds. Good security measures are in place since years to protect your data, but we are making them even more robust. Rest also assured that in the unfortunate event of a data breach, we will inform you and the authorities within 48-72 hours.

We certainly do home that you appreciated these bullet points, and that they were comprehensible enough. Obviously below you will find all the details related to these points, by visiting our Privacy Policy.

WE HAVE A REVISED PRIVACY POLICY

Pretty simply, as mentioned above, now you can read our revised Privacy Policy which we have aligned with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Please note that if you have any question or doubt about it, you can ready out to us at any moment by writing to privacy@circleme.com. Our staff will respond to you in a timely fashion.

WE IMPROVED OUR SERVICE CIRCLEME

Aligned with our company philosophy of “continuous improvement”, in the past weeks our team focused on improving many areas of the site also to ensure better and more transparent communication.

You will find tweaks in our registration process as well as in our communication (by email and internal to the platform) and in additional notification opportunities within the platform.

Perhaps, at times, the notifications might appear a bit overwhelming, but our goal is just to ensure that in this transition period all our users (which are now in the hundreds of thousands) will get all the needed information from us. Once we feel that all our community has been informed, you will see a decrease in the number of these notifications.

TO WRAP UP ON THE PERSONAL DATA DAY…

Frankly, we are very happy that the European Community gave us the chance to dedicate more time to this delicate and important topic of personal data protection. We hope that this step is the first significant one in the direction to give increasing power and clearer awareness to the digital citizen, all across the web.

Now, time to enjoy the immense Internet again!

 

 

3000+ Businesses Flock to CircleMe!

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The last 6 months have seen a promising trend on our interest-platform CircleMe. As of last week, in fact, our systems have detected at least 3000+ business accounts registered on our platform.

From our analysis, these initial 3000+ businesses are mostly small and medium companies which are seeking visibility and that value the importance of being on a platform which focuses on the expression and study of people’s interests (not by guessing them, but by asking them directly to all its users).

Hence, among the many companies, we find ventures such as The School of Makeup, represented by the tutor and blogger Sacha Parker (https://www.circleme.com/sashaparker). This user is taking advantage of the platform also by posting often relevant content on interest-pages about makeup, hairstyle, beauty tips and others, targeting specifically Circlers who are interested in such subjects. Excellent use of the platform, Sasha!

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Another fun example is by the company Candy Fix (www.circleme.com/CandyFix460775735), which seems to provide personalized candy boxes for anniversaries, birthdays, corporate events, and more. Now, that’s a good link to save, for some special occasions during which getting spoiled. 😉

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But we also find London restaurants, such as the Indian one Miran Masala, right opposite the London Olympia (www.circleme.com/miranmasala) or professional photographers studios such as Cliik Studios (https://www.circleme.com/cliikstudios), based in Manchester and very active as well in terms of content-posts (as you can guess, related to Photography, interest for which we have lots of engaged users).

3000+ small and medium businesses are starting to notice and appreciate the value of having a presence on CircleMe, and we honor this trust. For this reason, in these days we are working hard to offer new features to these users, including opportunities for businesses to leverage their presence on our platform. In the meantime, you will start to notice the new icon “BUSINESS” appearing on the user pages of these accounts, to facilitate recognizing such an account as soon as you visit their CircleMe page.

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Businesses can identify themselves as a “company” profile instead of a “private user” profile by accessing their own Settings page (https://www.circleme.com/settings). By selecting the “company” setting, businesses will be receive dedicated communication and special offers. In these days our team is closing up on our special features package which will be provided to any business account. More news on this coming soon!

Concurrently, our team is working hard to ensure that the user-experience for our many Circlers will not be negatively affected by the comprehensible interest of businesses to reach out to our community of users. Furthermore, and as important as the previous point, we want to make sure that the precious data and intelligence we extract from the interest-graph will not be affected by the biased behavior of business accounts, and so we are working on adapting our algorithms and models to take into consideration this new type of user.

We are keeping busy with many evolutions to our platform, and cannot wait to share more news with all of you.

Very exciting times and extremely happy that this CircleMe party is getting crowded! Everybody’s welcome!

#crowdedparty #businessoncircleme #bewhatyoulike

 

I like this or I like that, but not both!

As CircleMe’s main objective continues to be getting the most interesting content to all its registered users, today we launch a new feature to learn more about people’s preferences.

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In a newly designed feed card, we ask Circlers to express a preference (if any) between two specific topics, and this way we get to learn more about users and bring you even more relevant content for you to read.

As always, CircleMe knows only what users express transparently as an interest, so fear no more about social networks trying to guess what your interest-profile is, in a too well-know Orson Welles’s dystopia. 😉

Did you get to try CircleMe yet? Perhaps today is the day.

If you have an iPhone (or iPad), go here > https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/circleme-the-interest-based-social-network/id505991146

If you like the little green Android, go here > https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cascaad.circleme

We are curious to know what you think. In the meantime, keep on circling your passions.

#bewhatyoulike

 

 

Looking for a BACK-END developer: are you our gal / our guy?

Things got pretty busy at Exa Futures (the company behind CircleMe) in the last 6 months, and for this reason we are looking for new people to join our gang. Not sure if our story is as exciting as Pied Piper, but certainly it’s more real.

Jokes apart, we are looking for a BACK-END DEVELOPER to join our team asap. Interested?

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In short, we are looking for a talented developer, with good experience on Ruby/Rails, Java and mySQL (i.e., relational db’s), familiarity with AWS and with GIT. Knowledge of Python a plus. A person happy to work with a small but talented team, ideally in the city of Milan (but we are totally ok in considering also remote-working).

At the following link you can read the official and detailed job description: http://exafutures.com/jointheteam . If the description intrigues you, please reach out through the form or the email contact shown.

Want to join Exa Futures (and CircleMe) to work on the study of society’s life interests? If you are curious, and want to learn more about it, just write to us at careers@circleme.com

Android’s app gets a new look!

Yes, we know, it was long overdue, but finally we got to freshening-up the Android app look&feel and today we launch our sexiest-yet app for Samsung, Huawei, LG, OnePlus, Xiaomi, ZTE, Google Phones, HTC, Motorola, NEC, Acer, Asus, or whatever other Android device you might own! We are sure tens of thousands of people will be happy for it.

Try it out by downloading it from the Google Play store.

This new version not only features the latest CircleMe graphic design, but also gets to you plenty of small improvements and bug fixes that some of you were desperately looking for. Here below you can get a ‘feel’ for the new app with a nice screenshots gallery.

 

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In the meantime, our interest-network continues to increase, with millions of articles, posts, images and videos available for any of your life’s passion you can think of. Each day, you can expect at least 500 and up to 1000 new articles with news about your favorite topics.

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

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cascaad.circleme

#bewhatyoulike , always!

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