We’ve Got (User)Tips for You!

In the last months our team is paying extra attention to user-experience and friendliness of our service. We want you to enjoy CircleMe as much as possible, and as quickly as possible. The quicker you do that, the quicker you can keep up to date on all your passions in life!

For this reason, with our most recent release, we have launched a new feature to provide User Tips to all new users accessing our web app. It’s sort of a welcome process, where we show you (from time to time) a specific tip related to how you can use the product, just while you are discovering it.

You will discover these tips as you go. For example, as you access the site, we give you a little welcome, like this one:

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Then, we let you enjoy the navigation immediately, and every once in a while, we show you a little friendly tip, depending on where you are and what you are doing. If you land on our Discover section, we might show you this tip:

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If you did not use yet our powerful SEARCH to discover your favourite interest, we just show you where it’s located:

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 09.58.41Haven’t you figure out how to Like or mark as a ToDo something you see in the Updates feed and you find interesting? No sweat! Here is our tip to you:

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Haven’t you noticed yet our powerful Category Chooser, to focus on just one type of interests (e.g., Music, Books, Movies & TV Series, etc…)? Well, that is why you need our tip below:

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OK, we know you got the point! We hope you’ll enjoy the tips, and they will make you appreciate all that CircleMe has to offer. Ready to click on “GOT IT” for each one of the tips? Go on the site and let us know if they have been helpful: www.circleme.com/updates

After you try the User Tips, please let us know how was your experience! You can always send us feedback to support [at] circleme.com. We would be delighted to hear from you, please!

#bewhatyoulike, always!

The “checked card”: keeping the tab on what you read

For some time now you have been asking for features to improve the user-experience related with managing the quasi-infinite content we distribute on the site (we now publish more than 50,000 new content posts per month, related to any interest you can imagine).

From today, you have one more nifty feature to do that: we will show on your Updates feed all the articles that you have already read, so that you can visually see what’s left to read. Nothing too fancy: just a classy shading and a check mark.

Article already checked on CircleMe

Card already checked by a user on CircleMe

Our team has been using the feature for few days, and it seems to make quite a difference, without being visually too “loud”. We hope you will appreciate this new added feature. As usual, we love to hear your feedback, so just let us know (by writing to us at support at circleme dot com, tweeting us @circleme or commenting on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CircleMeTeam).

Enjoy the ‘checked card’ feature now!

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CircleMe integrates with Spotify

On CircleMe there are now over 90,000 pages on music legends, rock bands, genres and singers. Any music interest that you can think of (from Lady Gaga to Giuseppe Verdi, from Adele to Pink Floyd, from Freddie Mercury to Dubstep or Hip-Hop) has probably a page on our platform.

From today, for the vast majority of these pages dedicated to Music, we have integrated also the fantastic Spotify service. Here below you can see how the Spotify integration looks like. A vertical card containing a playlist (provided by Spotify API’s) related to the specific music topic.

Spotify card for CircleMe

As you visit any interest page dedicated to Music, you might encounter any of these cards. In that case, to hear some music about that singer, band or genre of music, just click on the PLAY button and enjoy the stream (of course you have to signup to Spotify to use the service, but who wouldn’t want this awesome service, right?!).

Remember also that you can always use also our iTunes(TM) player and click on the button to go purchase the tracks directly on the iTunes Store(TM).

iTunes link from CircleMe

Try and check out this new service on the following interest pages if you like:

Lorde: http://circleme.com/items/lorde–2

Jay-Z: http://circleme.com/items/jay-z–5

Taylor Swift: http://circleme.com/items/taylor-swift–2

 

Time to enjoy some tunes!

#bewhatyoulike

 

Movie Reviews: check!

Did you mark some movies as ToDo’s on CircleMe (or you just did a Like for them)? Well, if you did… good job!

By doing this, you get lots of cool benefits as a consequence. You can find the movie in your Personal Calendar (here an example for the CircleMe Team user), when it’s releasing in your city. You can receive news on the actors, sequels, little scoops and gossip, and so on. Last, but surely not least, thanks to a great integration with Rotten Tomatoes(tm) now you can also get a great review of the movie, from the public and the critic, with some specific viewers comments and of course a link to Rotten Tomatoes(tm) to read more about the motion picture.

As an example, here is the review card for the movie The Devil Wears Prada:

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Sure that thousands of cinema fans will love this new addition to the Movies category, we wish you a great “cinematic experience” on CircleMe!

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Burning Man, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Breaking Bad and Horror Movies have their own Trivia now!

Oh yes, more trivia quizzes!

We heard your requests to have more topics to challenge your knowledge on! For this reason, from today we are releasing other 5 new trivia quizzes for you on Burning Man, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Breaking Bad and Horror Movies!

You can play them here: http://circleme.com/trivia

CircleMe Trivia

Show how much you know about these topics, and challenge your friends to show them you are the real guru. But remember, not only you have to be right, you also have to be quick! We account for completion time of the quiz (you know, just to avoid you ask help to your dear friend ‘wiki’;) ).

We will look for you in the rankings – have fun!

#bewhatyoulike with our #circlemetrivia

CircleMe in Italiano!

An Italian speaker would say “Fantastico!”. Yes, because from today our beloved CircleMe platform on the web is fully translated in Italian. Any user of CircleMe from today will be able to set the user-interface to Italian just by visiting their settings and selecting Italian as the preferred language. We have already prepared more than 5,000 interests, 30,000 posts and 6,000 calendar events for our Italiano’s :).

Why Italian before other more popular languages? For a couple of reasons: on one side, Italy is the second most active country on CircleMe after the USA and just before the UK: on the other side, our company has strong roots in Italy and proudly we want all Italian-only speakers to be able to enjoy our platform to the fullest.

CircleMe in Italiano

With today we kick-off hopefully a process to localize our application in as many languages as possible, and as soon as we can. We have received requests to translate CircleMe in Spanish, French, Portuguese (BR), German, Thai and many other languages. We are a small team, so please be patient with us. If, on the contrary, you cannot wait for CircleMe to be translated in YOUR language and you want to help us, just write us a note at info [at] circleme.com and we will be super-grateful to welcome you as a “localization supporter”. 🙂

And now… enjoy our BELLISSIMO CircleMe!

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It’s CircleMe TRIVIA time!

On CircleMe we have thousands of very passionate people, about any topic you can think of. Well, with the summer time and a little bit of extra time free, we thought to throw in a little fun TRIVIA game for all our passionate users (and anyone else, actually).

You can play immediately here: http://circleme.com/trivia (see some rules below the picture)

Are you a guru on a specific topic? Do you feel no one is as passionate as you about something? Show us “you can walk the walk”! Challenge yourself with the first 10 quizzes we launched today. Prove you are the GURU and rank #1 on our score list. Choose from topics such as Star Wars, Daft Punk, Quentin Tarantino, great movie directors, Game of Thrones, the Football World Cup, and many others. We will also upload new trivia quizzes based on your suggestions (tell us what you’d like to see by writing to us at support [at] circleme dot com, or using the suggest button on the CircleMe Trivia page).

CircleMe Trivia

Anyone can play CircleMe Trivia. You do not need to be registered to CircleMe. If you then want to be ranked against other users, or if you want to challenge your friends, then you can SignUp (in less than 1 minute!).

Note few more things on the Trivia game:

1) The score will be calculated based on the % of correct answers you will give (over the total) and also considering the time factor (we just want to make sure you don’t go on Wikipedia to find out every answer ;-p).

2) You can play one specific quiz only once. Since we show the answers, wouldn’t be smart to make you play twice, would it?

3) Rankings will be updated always in real-time so you can always check on how you are doing vs your friends. Make sure you spread the word and see who is the real “guru” of a specific topic.

We will be updating the quizzes and introducing new ones weekly, so keep on checking the page. Even if you don’t do well on the first trivia quizzes, you’ll be able to catch up in a future one, no worries.

So, ready to discover if you are a GURU at any topic, or you’re just a “wanna be”? Go now, play, and challenge your friendshttp://circleme.com/trivia

#bewhatyoulike and #havefun!

Viva CircleMe (Android) in Italiano!

Federico Fellini, a great Italian director, used to say: “A different language is a different vision of life.” With this in mind, today we are really excited to launch our first version of CircleMe (Android) in Italian. OK sure, feel free to tell us “Bravissimi!” 😉

We release this ‘local’ version of CircleMe after 4 months from our official launch of CircleMe for Android, which was really successful and saw incredible reviews by publishers such as The Guardian (UK) (“Best Android Apps of the Week”) and TheNextWeb (“Best Apps in December 2013”).

We chose Italian as the first language after English, since our company has strong roots in the country, and Italian Circlers are among one of the TOP-5 communities on the platform.

Hence, if Italian is your mother tongue, or if you just simply like and know the Italian language, it’s time to check the app out (as long as your phone language settings are set to “Italian”) and let us know what you think.

Get your app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cascaad.circleme&hl

As an Italian would say: “Benvenuti su CircleMe!” and #bewhatyoulike

 

 

 

CircleMe app ready for Blackberry Users!

We have been working hard to make CircleMe the best tool to keep people updated on their passions and interests in life. As we grew to more than 1 million passions in the database, and more than 25000 news posted a month, it was time to deliver a good product also to the Blackberry community.

“The basic idea behind the project was to create an interest based network that could suggest the right tips at the right time. Now, after a business meeting, a BlackBerry 10 smartphone user can catch the concert of their favorite singer. Thanks to the geo-localization they can also find out that the movie of the year is premiering next month even when they are traveling to another city,” says Giuseppe D’Antonio, our CEO here at CircleMe. We just launched a few days ago and some users, having tried out the app are already expressing good opinions on the work:”Good port, make native to make it interesting.” and “Nice app and nice service! Finally for Blackberry!”.

Blackberry App News CircleMe

Considering the complexities in developing the app of CircleMe for Android (which brings to the mobile world many features present on the web app), the porting from Android to Blackberry technology has been anything but complicated. We were able to port our Android app within few days to the Blackberry world. 🙂

The CircleMe app for BlackBerry smartphones can be customized through different features that make the profile like a personal, unique magazine. The “To Do” feature, for example, allows users to save topics that they want to learn more about, while the “Plant” feature lets you use geo-localization, add events related to a specific interest and share contents and news on a specific place.

With CircleMe users can connect with people that share the same passions by clicking the icon Trust. The app can also be used to send private messages on a specific topic, to send suggestions and tag people in conversations.

As CircleMe continues to integrate with new content partners, the app is a very good tool to keep up to date with everyone of your interests in life.

Keep your eyes on it as we are always working to introduce new nifty features, such as geo-located notifications and automated calendars with events related to your interests.

You can find CircleMe app also for iOS and Android!
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What’s new on CircleMe this week!

As you know we have just released a new Registration Process with a better and even more fun user experience.
Recently, thanks to your feedback, we have been working on website’s improvements.
Some simple details that we hope will make things easier for you.

Just to start we have simplified 2 of the 3 basic actions you can do on CircleMe: Like and To-Do. When you find a page you are interested in, you can click:
– on Like so you will receive news regarding that topic, in your activity page
– on To-Do so you will add the the specific page related to your interest to your list of To-Dos. You will be able to see your To-Do list in your profile so it will be easy for you to remember about new things you discover.

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Of course every time you add a Like or a To-Do, if you want, you can immediately share it on Facebook or Twitter to let your friends and followers know.

We have also received requests regarding the possibility to open and engage more easily in conversations. Now you can do that by clicking on the comments but also on the activity page. When you see that someone has added a picture or made a comment, try to click on it and a conversation on that item will start immediately. There you can add your comments but also tag other people!

Finally, when it comes to your inbox, you’ll now see just 2 sections: notifications and messages. In Notifications you’ll be notified when someone trusts you, or suggests you a page about an interest, or tags you in a conversation. Messages section is where you can send and see messages that other users send you on CircleMe.

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